Educate patiently, advocate passionately, and inspire consistently. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have, and realize if you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. ~Anonymous
What is a Medical Advocacy Consultant?
A Medical Advocacy Consultant is a person who provides dedicated guidance and help to patients and caregivers that are looking to develop self- advocacy skills, find providers for their specific needs, and receive assistance with information about accessing resources in their area. They find creative solutions to patient barriers, offer initiative while utilizing creative thinking skills to help their client.
This is a person that helps the client process available choices based on their values and belief systems, personal health goals, and helps families make difficult decisions related to their loved ones’ care, supports them while they learn to self-navigate, and assists with encouraging effective communication with the provider(s) of their choice to obtain the best results possible.
A Medical Advocacy Consultant is a person that gathers and analyzes data, draws conclusions and presents findings in the form of recommendations to their clients, and educates patients about their rights within the health care system. A Medical Advocacy Consultant employs great listening skills to help find possible solutions to patient concerns and assists the patient or caregiver with a plan to bring issues to the attention of providers and payers. They work closely to ensure the patient or caregiver is confident, able to continues to access/receive the best care, and achieve outcomes that are realistically possible.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
How can a healthcare provider benefit from a Medical Advocacy Consultant?
This kind of Consultant helps healthcare providers to think outside the box by researching and acquiring additional resources in various formats that the provider may not have time to research or procure on their own. The Consultant assists them to be able to make their own informed decisions based on additional information or alternative options.
I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I could do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me. ~Maya Angelou
What is the difference between a Medical Advocacy Consultant and a Doctor?
There are a LOT of differences. The common goal though, is the well being of the patient for both the Consultant and the Doctor.
A Doctor diagnoses, treats and cares for a patient’s well-being. Doctors are qualified to prescribe medications and perform minor medical procedures and minor surgeries. Essentially, Doctors care for the general health of their patients.
A Medical Advocacy Consultant does NOT diagnose, treat, prescribe medications, or perform any surgeries. They may assist the patient with research to gain a better understanding for their particular injury/illness, providing a wide array of additional resources, lists of various modalities of care, search for providers for second opinions, assist with developing a proposed plan of care through self-advocacy by the patient, while speaking to their doctor themselves, or preparing for the doctor appointment(s). The Medical Advocacy Consultant provides tools and strategies for the patient or caregiver to advocate for their own general health or that of the patient being cared for while respecting human dignity and respecting confidentiality.
Healthy is an outfit that looks differently on everybody. ~ Anonymous
What does it cost to use the services of a Medical Advocacy Consultant?
Pricing varies based on the type of service needed and the complexity of the need. Each service will cost something different to accomplish, mostly as a function of the time it takes to accomplish it. We are always happy to discuss your specific requests with you.
If interested in acquiring the services of a Medical Advocacy Consultant, please email Caren at firstname.lastname@example.org and type “Consultant” in the subject line of email.