Tag Archives: Empowered patients

“Welcome to hell”! Empowered patients’ frustration

KEY TAKEAWAY: Can a drug company, or health insurer really understand what it’s like to enter a living nightmare of trying to get treatment?  Until they do feel what it’s like to try and get treatment our health care system is going to let a lot of people fall through the cracks of the system at a time when we need to pay attention to individuals. Continue reading

The perils of empowered patients

8-2POST SUMMARY: Not only do patients have to worry about which drug company paid their physician, they need to determine if their generic drug is the same as the branded equivalent and if their insurance company will allow their doctor to write for a specific medication.  What is pharma doing to help patients navigate the complex world of empowered patient choices? Continue reading

Empowered patient have to question themselves as well

imagesIn an Op-Ed piece in Suday’s Times called “Why we make bad decisions” the author stipulates that “it’s  is also crucial to ask probing questions not only of the experts but of ourselves. This is because we bring into our decision-making process flaws and errors of our own. All of us show bias when it comes to what information we take in. We typically focus on anything that agrees with the outcome we want.  Anxiety, stress and fear — emotions that are part and parcel of serious illness — can distort our choices. Stress makes us prone to tunnel vision, less likely to take in the information we need. Anxiety makes us more risk-averse than we would be regularly and more deferential.  Could this be an explanation as to why compliance is so low and chronic diseases are bankrupting our health care system? Continue reading