“Only rich people can afford an advocate.”
Or: “Doesn’t providing private patient advocacy services only to those who can afford them, just create one more division between the “haves” and the “have nots?”
Or: “Not everyone can afford an independent patient advocate. It’s unfair some people can’t be helped.”
Anyone who has worked in advocacy or care management has heard one or more of these statements, or at least one from the same playbook. It’s an objection meant to put us on the defensive, as if, since private advocacy can’t be provided to everyone, then we shouldn’t provide it to anyone.
Don’t let anyone put YOU on the defensive this way! It’s a foolish argument. Here’s why: