patient rights

How to get the most out of the modern day ER

Oct 13, 2013
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When people hear “emergency room,” thoughts of high stress medical situations that could play out on televised shows such as ER often come to mind. While this is fitting to a certain extent, more and more people are finding themselves at the ER to deal with situations that used to be dealt with in the doctor’s office. This is because the ER has changed dramatically in more ways than one.

This week on Take Care, Dr. Leana Wen discusses how the modern ER works and how to prepare for a visit to it. Dr. Wen is an attending emergency physician and director of patient-centered care research at George Washington University, and the author of When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Wen.

Patients, privacy and employers

May 26, 2013
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Your employer is concerned about rising insurance costs and you don’t want to see your benefits slashed, so they ask you to participate in some medical tests and enroll in a wellness plan. If you and your fellow employees participate, you’ll qualify for discounts on your premium and deductible.

Is this an invasion of privacy? Where do these records go and who will see them? Will your colleagues know if you didn’t participate in the wellness program?

This week, “Take Care” interviews Dr. Deborah Peel, a physician, and a leading advocate for patients’ rights and the founder of Patient Privacy Rights, a bipartisan coalition for patient privacy. Dr. Peel says she understands the need to have healthy, happy employees but does not agree with what she calls the “short-sighted” solution.

Click "Read More" to hear our interview with Dr. Deborah Peel.