Empowering Patients

Courtesy of Inlander.com

June 1, 2017 - In 2010, patient advocacy was named a “career of the next decade” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “The goal of patient advocacy is to remove barriers to care by giving patients more choice and control in their health care decisions,” says Io Dolka, the executive director of Washington State Health Advocates Association. The profession has many facets — from helping educate patients and their families about a medical condition, to coordinating care and preventing unnecessary duplication of diagnostic procedures, to researching the options for therapies and second opinions, to dealing with financial concerns, perhaps through auditing itemized bills and comparing them with medical records.

 

Io Dolka: