The literacy rate in the United States is surprising. Few people read the newspaper and even fewer read books after they complete school. One key to becoming your own healthcare advocate is access to information, whether it appear in books, magazines, the internet, classes or conferences. So many people feel like victims of the system. I frequently hear, “the doctor, the hospital, the facility, the nurse doesn’t tell me anything”. My first question to these individuals is “what is your level of participating in asking what you want to know?” Next thing you see is a glazed over look and then hear the words, “you mean I have to ask, it’s not their responsibility to come to me?” In today’s busy world, few people come to you. It’s up to you to make the approach, ask questions and advocate for yourself or for your family.
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