One of the most challenging things many of us with chronic illnesses have to face is trying to advocate for ourselves in the healthcare system. Somehow, it just seems wrong that when we are the sickest, we often have to push the hardest. Timely and appropriate medical care should not be such a challenge, yet… sadly, it frequently is. Whether it’s due to insurance denials of medications, referrals that somehow get “lost” in the system, or administrative staff forgetting that healthcare should be patient-centric…the reality is that the squeaky wheel gets the oil first.
Fair? Not at all! However, it’s an unfortunate reality that many of us have to live with. Here are 5 tips and ideas to help you be that “squeaky wheel” when all you want is to curl up in a little ball and pray for relief! So don’t give up; we’ve got your back!