For many people, the health care system resembles a medical maze. Without previous experience or medical training, the complexities make it difficult to understand. When people find themselves facing insurance claims and medical treatment options, they often struggle to make the best decisions simply because they lack personalized guidance. Patient advocacy organizations were created to fill this gap.
What Is Patient Advocacy?
Patient advocacy is an area within the healthcare system that serves a patient’s specific needs and values. Patient advocacy organizations work to offer the information patients need so the patient can make informed decisions, while helping alleviate the stress that comes from dealing with the health care system. Since they aren’t associated with the hospitals or doctors, they take an unbiased approach to assessing your healthcare.
What Does a Patient Advocate Do?
A patient advocate can help you find the best doctors for your diagnosis, research treatment options, schedule appointments, and more. They are billing specialists, meaning they can help you understand your medical bills and negotiate them when necessary. A patient advocate will be sympathetic while being proactive about fighting to make sure you receive the best health care.
Simply put, patient advocates help relieve the stress the medical maze presents. Thus helping you or your loved one spend time and energy focusing on getting better.
Values Based Patient Advocacy
Now imagine that your six year old son fell and broke his arm. To your surprise while you are in the hospital for a cast, the doctors diagnose your son with a bone tumor. This overwhelming rush of emotions is met with a list of decisions to make about his health care. This is the true story of Gwendolyn Klein. Soon after the diagnosis, she and her family started on a journey of getting pet scans, finding specialists, and seeking support groups. After a grueling amount of time, tests, and medical bills the doctors found that her son has a missing G protein, and in fact did not have cancer. After he son was correctly diagnosed, she decided to become a nurse.
Soon after, Gwendolyn helped both of her parents through their battles with cancer. She had become more than familiar with how the health care system works, which sparked an idea to help others going through similar situations. She started Values Based Patient Advocacy (VBPA) to help people struggling to maneuver the health care system.
Gwendolyn remarks that, “It is gratifying knowing you have helped alleviate their pain and lessen their fears and that they know there is someone in their corner guiding them so they can make effective decisions.”
VBPA has a simple mission: service and attention. They help you make the best healthcare decisions by paying attention to your values and being of service regarding your concerns and questions.
Crowdfunding For Good
Crowdfunding has gained significant popularity in recent years in several industries. While there are several crowdfunding platforms for different needs, YouCaring is the only one dedicated to Compassionate Crowdfunding™. People use the site to raise money to help themselves or a loved one during times of need. Unlike other crowdfunding sites, YouCaring has no platform fee because they know that every dollar counts.
Crowdfunding and Patient Advocacy
YouCaring believes no one should face hardship alone. They share this mission with patient advocacy organizations. Crowdfunding and patient advocacy, when working together, can help to reduce the anxiety caused by making serious health care decisions. These two avenues of support can make a huge impact on you or your loved one’s recovery.
Many people use crowdfunding to help pay for medical bills. Similarly, you can raise funds to help pay for a patient advocate. Brett Hagan, who partnered with Gwendolyn to launch VBPA, noted that, “Cancer doesn’t happen to the right person.” This is the sad truth for any diagnosis. But with crowdfunding, Gwendolyn says, “They have an opportunity to raise the funds to have someone in their corner because they deserve it as much as the next person.”
Get The Help You Need Today
Navigating the medical maze is not easy. But patient advocacy and crowdfunding can help give you a voice while easing your stress. Start your own free fundraiser today.