Fourth in a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
What Kind of Patient Are You?
As part of my series on how to get the best health care immediately, I wanted to go further into the concept of figuring out the type of patient you are. This is a critical piece of becoming a stronger and more in-charge patient over your healthcare and treatment.
In my former life as a social worker, I ran into patients that were passive – they really didn’t care what was said, they would go along with any plan their doctor had for them. And I also saw the opposite – major skepticism in patients where the doctor was not trusted. I am hoping to show you how to fall somewhere in the middle, with the ability to use both kinds of characteristics, if needed.
There are some things that you have to ask yourself to find out your patient-type. Answer honestly because the type of patient you are has a direct effect on your health care and treatment, including how you receive it and how it will play out.
Here are some things to think about to determine your patient type.
I did a patient assessment myself. I discovered but there's not a patient bone in my body (no pun intended, I guess). It's not a good thing, but I accept it. Therefore in my healthcare, I have a real problem with long waiting times and I will express myself accordingly to staff. No one should have to wait two hours for a seven minute
After asking yourself these things, you will be well on your way to figuring out your patient-type. There is no right or wrong answer because again everyone is unique. You may have completely different answers than your BFF does.
This is the type of information that will help you long term in your healthcare journey. Knowing your patient-type will help you find the right doctor that will cater to your principles, can help you find the right insurance it covers your treatment style and give you the ability to communicate your wishes to your providers on how things will be done. You will begin to be in charge of your care, which is what you need. And I want that for
Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, is a Writer, Social Worker & Healthcare Advocate at Live Better Boomer! Healthcare Access & Advocacy Services, in the greater Philadelphia area. You can also connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
The third of a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
I wrote this series of articles to inform you of several methods you can use to improve your health care experience immediately. I assure you, if you use tactics that I give to you, your care and treatment will improve.
Every single time I go to a local restaurant, they always seem to get my order wrong. Something is cold that needs to be hot, or hot needing to be cold. I constantly have to take things back. I have to stop going there - but it's close to home and the coupons are great.
But is it really worth it if I am not getting what I want or what I asked for? Probably not. This is especially true when this applies to your health care.
Getting the health care you deserve starts with you. You must change your mind and your attitude about treatment to become an active patient. I want to give you some tips on adopting a better mindset because it is a vital action in becoming the patient you need to be.
The second of a weekly five-part series by Tiffany Matthews, BSW, MJ, Contributor
Healthcare in the U.S. is broken and only getting worse. In these difficult times, we have to worry about having insurance coverage, being able to afford treatment and getting good care during our treatment.
Many people settle for the care they get from their healthcare providers (any professional that treats you) when they should not. If you ordered a cheeseburger and got a hamburger, wouldn't you take it back? Do you use the same tactic in your healthcare? You’re not alone, most don't.
Have you ever had an experience at a doctor or hospital that was uncomfortable or frustrating? I'm here to tell you that you don't have to deal with poor treatment. Why, you ask?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has announced that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017.
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”
Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.
ODEP created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.
In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’ In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. In 2001, ODEP was established and formally began selecting the NDEAM theme.
The Pennsylvania 2017-18 State Budget includes:
$26.5 million to serve more people in the community and strengthen support for adults with intellectual disabilities and autism.