Patient Advocacy

Patient advocates are a newer service specialty in health care. The services that a patient advocate offers vary. They can include getting access to clinics and doctors, appointment accompaniment, hospitalization oversight, second-opinion research, and medical billing assistance. An advocate may be a nurse, a layperson, or even a physician. The patient advocate may be an individual or an organization. When an advocate works for an organization, they may be concerned with one specific group of disorders, such as cancer, transplant medicine, or geriatric care. Check to see whether your hospital or health plan offers patient advocate services before paying for one yourself.

A patient advocate can help with complex medical forms, medication co-pays, and insurance options.

Patient Advocates are Essential in Integrative Care

FREE Download: Learn how patient advocates help patients and their families reach the best health outcomes.

/ March 8, 2016
Tom and Jennifer Brokaw at Chautauqua Instititution

Patient Advocacy and Advance Care Planning

When esteemed journalist Tom Brokaw was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, he said he was “unprepared for the universe I was about to enter.”

/ July 29, 2015
Commonwealth Club Forum

New Approaches to Patient Care and Advocacy

Patients and health-care providers are facing changes if they hope to build a system of patient-centered care.

/ March 10, 2012