The choices, terms, and regulations in our healthcare system today are mind boggling. You and your family are trying to juggle your care and treatment against a bewildering array of caregivers, insurance regulations, and health care system quagmires. What’s the best approach? How will you pay for it? Who will resolve the conflicting advice you receive?
Recently Mars Hill Retirement Community invited Lisa Wheeler MS-ED, PA-C, Co-owner with Mike Sowinski CPA of Pathways to speak with residents and the public and to share some tips with us on navigating the health care system.
A few of the good common sense tips Lisa shares are so important.
• Have someone with you for all significant appointments.
• Make a list of questions before and after a health care visit: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How
• Obtain an itemized statement for medical bills…ALWAYS.
• Have an “IN the event of an emergency” plan and make sure someone knows about your wishes. Ex: healthcare power of attorney, advanced directive.
Lisa and her company will assist you with medical questions, and help you find second opinions. Understand all the cost on your medical bills. Explain insurances and benefit statements, Work with you to assure sound, reasonable financial planning and facilitate conversations with your medical professionals and other facilities. Lisa can be reached at 828-348-0379 or on the web info@PathwaysMedicalManagement.com