“Fight Back” is the Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation’s podcast. Each episode tells the personal story of someone who has been tripped up by the healthcare system in some way—insurance claims denied, not getting the referral to a specialist or medical procedure one needs, an unexpected “out of network” bill, and so forth. Then we interview a relevant expert who can provide the insights, resources, and help to solve these kinds of problems while navigating our complex healthcare system.
Digital health records—are they safe and secure? Gary Cohen, Vice President of Government Affairs at Blue Shield of California, discusses what bringing healthcare into the digital age means. How are your personal healthcare records kept safe, secure, and yet accessible to your healthcare providers? How can the new technologies that help you monitor your health at home be integrated into your personal health records? Why are you still filling out a form with pen and paper when you visit a new doctor or specialist, or in the worst case, in the emergency room? We dive into these questions and more.
In this episode of Fight Back, we discuss Alzheimer’s disease with Claire Day, Chief Program Officer at the Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Claire talks about what Alzheimer’s is, how it is diagnosed, what families should look for and do when early symptoms arise, the newly FDA approved treatment for Alzheimer’s, and much more.
In this episode of Fight Back, we talk extensively about chiropractic care with Dr. Steven Barham, who decided to enter the profession after chiropractic care healed his back injury. He discusses with us the origins and evolution of chiropractic care, what patients should do to find the right chiropractor, what they can expect at their first visit, and much more.
In part two of our discussion of the controversial but important issue of physician-assisted suicide, we talk with Dr. Brian Callister, a nationally recognized expert in hospital care transitions and end-of-life care. Dr. Callister will discuss why he and others oppose physician-assisted suicide laws and how these laws have a wide-ranging impact on our healthcare system and patients.
With this episode, we begin a special two-part series on physician-assisted suicide/medical aid-in-dying. In part one, we welcome our special guest, Dr. Lonny Shavelson, for an in-depth discussion about physician-assisted suicide/medical aid in dying laws in states around the country, how the process works in practice, what patients need to know about this end-of-life option, the issues surrounding insurance coverage, and more.
How safe are the COVID-19 vaccines? We talk with vaccine expert and Emergency Room Physician, Dr. Mike Ybarra, to answer these and other vaccine questions.
Expected, or maybe unexpected, hospital bills can be overwhelming and significantly impact the costs of your healthcare. In this episode, we discuss whether it is possible to negotiate with your local hospital.
Welcome to our kickoff podcast to introduce what Healthcare Consumer Rights Foundation is all about and how we will help you navigate the healthcare system.