Becoming Your Own Health Advocate – My Segment on Charlotte Today The Caregiver Senior Smilecast

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Becoming Your Own Health Advocate Healthcare staffing is experiencing a pandemic of its own. Hospitals and long-term care are understaffed and people continue to resign as they look for new career options. With so much uncertainty in healthcare, the patient experience suffers and people often fall through the cracks. That is especially true for older people and also why it is more important than ever to learn how to be a health advocate for your healthcare. Here to help us is health and aging expert Anthony Cirillo. It important more important today to be a health advocate for your health care. Many people delayed healthcare during Covid-19 and now that things are easing up, there is an uptick in people seeking care. Combine that with an influx of people moving to the area and staffing at historical lows and you can see the dilemma. Often providers are rushed and care can suffer. Obamacare has withstood the challenges and has led to more people being insured and therefore utilizing the health care system. That is generally a good thing. On the other hand, the removal of a mandate to buy insurance can lead to misuse of the health system, for example, using the emergency department as a primary care office. When that happens the patient experience deteriorates too. Here is where you should start in being a health advocate. Realize there are two aspects to our healthcare – the care itself and the cost of care. Let’s start with the first. Advocating […]

Becoming Your Own Health Advocate Healthcare staffing is experiencing a pandemic of its own. Hospitals and long-term care are understaffed and people continue to resign as they look for new career options. With so much uncertainty in healthcare, the patient experience suffers and people often fall through the cracks. That is especially true for older people and also why it is more important than ever to learn how to be a health advocate for your healthcare. Here to help us is health and aging expert Anthony Cirillo. It important more important today to be a health advocate for your health care. Many people delayed healthcare during Covid-19 and now that things are easing up, there is an uptick in people seeking care. Combine that with an influx of people moving to the area and staffing at historical lows and you can see the dilemma. Often providers are rushed and care can suffer. Obamacare has withstood the challenges and has led to more people being insured and therefore utilizing the health care system. That is generally a good thing. On the other hand, the removal of a mandate to buy insurance can lead to misuse of the health system, for example, using the emergency department as a primary care office. When that happens the patient experience deteriorates too. Here is where you should start in being a health advocate. Realize there are two aspects to our healthcare – the care itself and the cost of care. Let’s start with the first. Advocating […]