Between high insurance costs and being shuffled in and out of doctors’ offices, it’s easy to feel like little more than a file number when you’re dealing with a chronic illness.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You’ll always have someone on your side if you become your own best health advocate.  Here’s how.

How to Be Your Own Health Care AdvocateThree Ways to Be Your Own Health Advocate

Navigating the healthcare industry can be daunting, but it’s worth the effort.  Here are three ways to start being your own health advocate.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

You may not be a doctor, but you’re the one dealing with your condition.  That means you need to learn as much about it as you can, so don’t feel silly or dumb asking your doctor questions.  It’s their job to help you understand what you’re going through and what you need to do to feel better.

Do Your Research

You’ll get better answers when you ask better questions, so learn as much about your condition as you can from other resources, too.  Support groups, books, and even internet message boards can help you find out more about what others with your condition are experiencing.  Then you can take what you’ve learned back to your doctor, which lets you work as a team.

Ask Around for Recommendations

You rarely have only one option when it comes to healthcare.  Even if your doctor tells you that you can receive treatment at one facility, that doesn’t meant that’s the only place you can get treatment.  For instance, many physicians recommend hospitals for infusion treatment because they simply think this is likely the most convenient location for their patients — but in reality, hospitals are some of the most time-consuming and expensive places to receive IV therapy.

Talk to others with your condition to find out what resources they use — the best doctors, the best facilities, the best treatments.  You’re not alone, so connect with others who can help you — and whom you can help back.  And remember, just like you can choose your pharmacy, you can choose which specialists to see and where to receive treatments like IV therapy.

Infusion Therapy at Infusion Express

When it comes to IV therapy, you have options beyond cold, crowded hospital waiting rooms and doctors offices with limited options.  At Infusion Express, we offer private rooms with scheduled appointments, including evenings and weekends.  But more than that, we want to make sure your treatment isn’t just tolerable but pleasant, so we offer HDTVs, iPads and eReaders along with comfortable recliners.

And you don’t have to worry about the paperwork either.  We’ll work with your doctor to get the appropriate documentation, prescriptions and order forms so you can focus on feeling better.  If you’re ready to experience the difference, give us a call at 816-272-0174, or visit us on facebook or twitter!