Advocates: Guiding the way in the Medical Industry


Whether you want to be your own advocate, hire an advocate or become a professional advocate for others, one thing is certain – you can never be too careful when it comes to your healthcare.

We’ve all seen the books for better health, fitness, diet and exercise but this is not that. This is different.  We are talking about a system which treats millions of Americans every day and kills about 4000 a week in the process.

It’s overloaded, overworked and stretching too thin to hold the healthcare of Americans as we know it today. The guardrails aren’t strong enough to keep the checks and balances in place.

If the news showed a road in such disrepair that it killed 4000 travelers a week, the road would be down.  But we can’t do this with healthcare.  Too many people are needing it daily and the road stays open.

What’s the answer?  YOU.  Become the better driver. Know the warning signs, learn the techniques, secrets and rules of the healthcare road.

It’s easy enough to do.  You just need to learn some basics.  Rules that have been around for physicians, nurses, and physician assistants since the beginning of time.  Rules which will help you discern “Danger up ahead” or “Rough road ahead. Slow down.”

Advocate courses are like a GPS for medicine.  They put you and your provider in the driver’s seat.  They give you careful, accurate directions.  And, if you make a mistake – well, it just recalculates before disaster strikes.


Suzanne Fiscella, PA-C blogs for Patient Best®.  She can be contacted at She practices medicine in urgent care in Ft Myers, FL and works as a Patient Best® Advocate.

About the Author

Do you feel frustrated with your medical care? Do doctors spend 5 minutes with you, push you out of the office, with you wondering what's going to happen? Does your insurance deny paying? You're not alone. I'm frustrated, too. This is a growing trend in healthcare. Having seen pre-insurance medicine (yes, my dad was an old country doctor), I grew up watching him spend time with his patients, giving them the best care he had to offer. I saw families trust him to help them through hospitalizations and the next crisis. As a patient advocate, my job is to see that you get the right diagnosis, the right treatment plans, and the right supplies and education to make good decisions about your health. More importantly, I will teach you the tricks of the healthcare trade. We need more healthcare consumer protection, especially for chronic illnesses like diabetes. This is what I am passionate about. I make it happen every day with thousands of patients who now know what I know about beating the healthcare system and getting the best patient care...Patient Best.

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