Consider these scenarios:
- Scenario #1. Jane calls you, in a panic. Her mother, age 88, who lives in your city, has fallen at her nursing home. Mother Frederick has been hospitalized, but Jane can’t get there until late tomorrow and wonders if you would be willing to help her mother until Jane can get there. Of course you can! This is the very reason you are an advocate.
(Alternatively, Jane asks you to review her mother’s medical bills because she’s afraid her mother’s insurance isn’t covering everything it needs to cover. You, as a medical billing specialist, agree eagerly to help out.)
- Scenario #2. You’re so excited! You’ve just learned about patient advocacy as a profession and you know it’s a perfect way for you to make some extra money. So you start asking your friends if they like the idea – they all do – they think it’s a great idea! You sit down and do the math… and decide that yup – let’s go – I’m going to be a patient advocate! You find your first client, Mr. Howard, and you help him to the max! He is thrilled with the work you did for him. You know you’ve made the right choice. Patient advocacy is for you.
- Question #1: Do you see yourself in either scenario?
So let’s continue….