Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to the doctor and walked away bewildered and frustrated, kicking yourself for the questions you wanted to ask but forgot to or didn’t have time to. Trisha Torrey felt that way, too, after a terminal cancer diagnosis.
As she began to manage her disease, Trisha learned that the system was not set up to support her—so she began to stand up for herself and demand the care that she needed to survive her illness. Once she did, she took her new knowledge and ran with it.
Trisha’s book, You Bet Your Life: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes And How To Fix Them To Get The Healthcare You Deserve is a must-have for anyone who wants to take control of his or her healthcare. In other words, this book is for you.
The list of 10 mistakes isn’t merely interesting—it’s truly eye-opening. How many of us, for example, go to the doctor’s office blindly, believing that the healthcare system has our best interests at heart? The sad truth is that, in many cases, we’re left to fend for ourselves. Unless you’ve dealt with a major disease or catastrophic medical issue, you may not understand your rights, your insurance policy or how insurance companies and hospital systems operate.
The good news? After reading Trisha’s book, you’ll become an empowered patient—someone who isn’t afraid to ask questions, doesn’t feel rushed and understands the plan of action being taken for your healthcare—or the health of someone you love. Trisha calls herself “Every Patient’s Advocate” and by the end of the book, you’ll understand the true meaning behind this nickname.
Reading You Bet Your Life is a great step in taking more control of your healthcare. But it’s important to continue to stay informed, too. If you’re concerned about your rights as a patient and are interested in knowing more, subscribe to Trisha’s blog for updates and be sure to connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
Your health is arguably the most important thing you care for and manage throughout your life. And you deserve the knowledge and control to ensure you’re making the best decisions for your health—and that of your family, too. We’re big fans of Trisha, and after reading her book and blog, we think you will be, too.
Have you learned any eye-opening lessons about your own healthcare? We’d love for you to share your experience with us.