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The vast health care system can be complicated and confusing to an individual who is not a professional in the health care or law field; however there are resources that can explain some of the essential facts that such individuals need to know in order to navigate the health care system successfully. Here are some tips to manage the health care system stress-free:
• Do Not Be a Cyberchondriac: Endlessly looking up information on the internet for every twinge or slight feeling of discomfort in an effort to self-diagnosis can only lead to a long list of random and false diagnoses, which would in turn overwhelm oneself any individual probably make them feel worse than they originally did. Rather than trying to diagnose themselves, they should try to just leave the diagnosing up to the doctor.
• Know That All Patients Are Protected: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA, protects all patient’s information from being leaked to any unauthorized individual. Period. This makes it so that patients can feel free to disclose any information at all to their doctors including mental health states, drug and alcohol use, sexual history, and anything else that may seem taboo or uncomfortable, yet still relevant. HIPAA has been actively in place since 1996. HIPAA allows for the complete confidentiality of every patient’s case and is handled seriously; however, HIPAA originally sprouted from a need for it, which came from the AIDs epidemic when information of infected patients was being bought and sold to drug companies.
• Patients Need To Be Their Own Advocate: When it comes to having a medical procedure done, one must be their own advocate. Always ask well-informed, relevant questions. Do research into the procedure prior to meeting with the doctor to having the procedure done, and write down any questions or concerns that you may have. This way, you will be familiar with how the procedure is supposed to go and, should anything go wrong, you will be educated enough to identify any medical malpractice.
Another good thing to do if you are concerned about medical malpractice, perhaps it has happened to you before, is to keep a log, the best you can, of everything that has happened to you pre-surgery, during surgery, and post-surgery. That way, you do not recover from the procedure correctly, or it otherwise goes wrong, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case, if it is relevant.
There are necessary pieces of information to know about the health care system. The law system and the health care system really do go hand in hand, so it is important to know how they operate harmoniously.
The most important thing for an individual to remember is to stand up for themselves, and keep in mind that it is their body, and if someone takes advantage of them and otherwise violates their rights in any way, the law is on their side.
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