“Fight Back” is produced by the non-profit organization Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation. Each episode takes a look at a pressing current medical issue, often including the story of someone who has been negatively affected by that issue, such as insurance claims denied, not getting the referral to a specialist or medical procedure one needs, an unexpected “out of network” bill, dealing with heart disease, COVID, mental illness, and more. Then we interview a relevant expert who can provide the insights and resources to help solve these kinds of problems while navigating our complex healthcare system.(The information provided on this podcast is for general information only, and is no substitute for obtaining legal advice from a qualified attorney. Consumers who need legal advice about health care access or insurance should consult a qualified attorney who can provide advice tailored to their particular situations. The views expressed by individuals in these podcasts are their own, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation or the views any other organization or agency with which such individuals are affiliated.)
Minicast: Is Covered California Right For You?
Peter Lee, Executive Director of Covered California, talks about the many facets of the Covered California program, including who qualifies, how the program works, what options consumers have if they lose their job, and how to navigate the open enrollment process.
Can a Healthcare Advocate Help You Navigate Your Health Situation?
In this Fight Back episode we welcome Linda Garvin, a Health Advocate. Linda graduated from the University of Massachusetts, earning her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Adult Nurse Practitioner training with honors. She has a Public Health Certificate in California. After an extensive medical career, Linda founded Patient Advocate Bay Area, where she serves as President. She has spent the last 20 years as a health advocate in California and nationwide.
Health Advocates support and advocate on behalf of patients and their families when a third party’s expertise and knowledge can improve treatments and navigate a complicated health situation. Could a health advocate help you or your loved one? What specific kind of services do health advocates provide? Join us as Linda answers these and other questions.
Minicast: Are your Digital Health Records Safe?
In this Fight Back minicast, we talk with Gary Cohen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Blue Shield of California, about bringing healthcare into the digital age. We discuss what needs to happen to make electronic records work, hurdles to overcome regarding privacy concerns, and what consumers can do during the “digital transition.”
PTSD: Is a Loved One at Risk?
In this Fight Back episode, our host, Steve Poizner, executive director of HCRF, welcomes our special guest, Dr. Jeff Poizner. Dr. Poizner is a Staff Psychologist at VA San Diego Healthcare System and specializes in providing evidence-based treatments via Telemental Health platforms to veterans with PTSD and other conditions. Dr. Poizner completed his pre-doctoral internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services and post-doctoral fellowship at UCSD Counseling and Psychological Services. His clinical and research interests include reducing barriers and improving access to evidence-based treatments for veterans with PTSD.
Dr. Poizner joins us to discuss a very complicated and challenging issue: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, more commonly known as PTSD. While most are familiar with PTSD as it relates to Armed Forces Service members, Dr. Poizner reminds us that there are many forms of PTSD, and anyone who has suffered a traumatic event can suffer from PTSD. Our conversation today looks at the many types of PTSD, what symptoms look like, the types of treatment, and how to access treatment.
Anti-Inflammatory Diet - What Is It and Does It Work?
Are your stomach and digestion connected to your overall health? The answer is obvious: yes. But exactly how profound that connection is and the level to which an anti-inflammatory diet can impact your overall health and wellness is the topic we explore this week on Fight Back.
In this Minicast, host Steve Poizner talks with Dr. Melamed about how you can fight back against the inflammatory foods so pervasive in the American diet and improve your physical well-being with some easy-to-access, affordable anti-inflammatory food strategies. Listen in to this health-changing Minicast for more!
Consumers: Is There More to Good Health Than Just Prescription Drugs?
In this Fight Back episode we welcome our special guest, Dr. Cari Spencer. Dr. Cari is a California-licensed naturopathic doctor and physical therapist. She holds a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University, the leading naturopathic medical school in North America, as well as two Masters Degrees in physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a special interest in the treatment of neuroendocrine disorders as well as many health issues related to digestion. Dr. Cari believes in getting to the cause of the problem, personalizing treatments, and using the least force necessary to heal and treat the whole person.
Dr. Cari joins us to discuss the medical practice of naturopathy, a lesser-known area of medical treatment. She talks about the type of doctors who practice naturopathy, what naturopathy really is, how you can find a practitioner, and how a Doctor of Naturopathy could help you diagnose your health problems or improve your health. Join us today as we discuss Naturopathy 101!
Why I listened
For my morning listening, I opted to listen to the program. Why? I need to collect various perspectives on this topic for a breakout session I am doing for my community colleges equity summit soon. I realize that as a white American Muslim Woman, I have one narrative; one perspective... but there are many more out there that need heard.
Very useful, practical podcast
Healthcare issues are so complicated and frustrating. I feel like I’m learning some useful information that’ll help me a lot.
Great, free resource for navigating the healthcare system
A great, free resource with information from subject matter experts on navigating the many times complicated healthcare and insurance systems.