Those of us who stay on top of patient advocacy-related news got a jolt from this headline, “Patient Advocacy Groups Rake In Donations From Pharma.” Just the jolt itself suggests that a few clarifications need to be made about our work as independent, private patient advocates.
This is a topic I have written about several times in the past, but because it has big ripple effects, and because some of the people you connect with may be confused, you’ll need to clarify for them, so it bears repeating.
It’s about allegiance. And it’s classified in the same sphere of conversations and objections as these:
But the hospital has a patient advocate and I can talk to her for free. So why should I pay you?
I got a flyer in the mail from my insurance company and they offered a patient advocate to help me for free! So why should I pay you?
Anyone who has begun marketing a private advocacy practice has heard these sorts of objections. Like all roadblocks found in the healthcare system, I’m going to suggest you walk through the right answers with them, because it applies in all cases.
This is the way to overcome their objections.