patient advocate

Pronunciation:(PAY-shunt AD-vuh-kut)

Definition: A person who helps guide a patient through the healthcare system. This includes help going through the screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of a medical condition, such as cancer. A patient advocate helps patients communicate with their healthcare providers so they get the information they need to make decisions about their health care. Patient advocates may also help patients set up appointments for doctor visits and medical tests and get financial, legal, and social support. They may also work with insurance companies, employers, case managers, lawyers, and others who may have an effect on a patient’s healthcare needs. Also called patient navigator.Cancer.govPatient

defensor del pacientePersona que ayuda al paciente a relacionarse con otras personas que influyen en los servicios que afectan su salud; por ejemplo, médicos, compañías de seguro, empleadores, coordinadores asistenciales y abogados. Un defensor del paciente lo ayuda a resolver aspectos sobre la atención de la salud, las cuentas médicas y la discriminación en el trabajo relacionada con un problema de salud. También se llama orientador del paciente.Cancer.govPatient Date last modified: 2018-02-13