The Patient's Playbook by Leslie D. Michelson

The Patient's Playbook

Too many Americans die each year as a result of preventable medical error—mistakes, complications, and misdiagnoses. And many more of us are not receiving the best care possible, even though it’s readily available and we’re entitled to it. The key is knowing how to access it.The Patient’s Playbook is a call to action. It will change the way you manage your health and the health of your family, and it will show you how to choose the right ...


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TitleThe Patient's Playbook
ISBN9780385352284
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Release DateSep 1st, 2015
PublisherKnopf
GenreNonfiction, Health, Medicine, Medical, Self Help, Science
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Reviews The Patient's Playbook

  • L O R I L I N
    1970-01-01
    Oh my God. This book is amazing. Life-changing. Eye-opening. In the first few pages, author Michelson says, "By the time you finish reading this book, you will have completely rethought the way you interact with care-giving and hospitals." And he's 100% right. I couldn't believe how much good advice is in this book. I've already implemented a few changes in my own life, and there are some other tidbits of advice that I am going to save for when I...
  • Steven Peterson
    1970-01-01
    A very useful book. If you want to control your health care, consider this as a fine reference work.Concerned about a diagnosis? Get a second opinion. Wonder if your specialist is up to speed? Seek out specialists who are at the top of their game and on top of the research generated about a procedure or a medical problem.The key point of the book? Don't settle for what you have normally received as service. Seek out the best medical advice that y...
  • Julia
    1970-01-01
    As someone who suffers from several Anxiety Disorders (and whose disorders are specifically connected to medical problems that I have, and may have, and keep imagining I have....and on and on) what I really appreciate about this book is that it made me feel prepared when I go to the doctor or hospital. The thing about anxiety disorders is that they are overwhelming...it is this constant feeling of fear, and of not being able to cope. In my case, ...
  • Eric Black
    1970-01-01
    I work with individuals and families all the time who are overwhelmed and confounded by healthcare. The Patient's Playbook is an indispensable guide for them.In fact, the game plan Michelson spells out is extremely helpful for anyone who expects to receive or come alongside someone receiving medical care at any level.He covers everything on the front end of medical care and leaves others to inform us how to go about end of life care.• how to fi...
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    A must read for patients at any level. I wish I'd found it years ago when I was an average patient seeing only a gp occasionally. This book walks you through finding a good gp, understanding the medical system, making sure that you have all of your records in hand and that you understand them so that you are ready if a medical situation does occur. And if one does you know the steps to take to not just find a specialist but the best specialist fo...
  • Kathy Nealen
    1970-01-01
    This is a really good resource for everyone. Almost everyone eventually becomes a patient and / or the primary support person for a patient. I wish this book had been available in 1998 for my first cancer diagnosis. I actually did quite a few of the author's recommendations during my adventure. It would have been helpful to know that I was taking appropriate actions; because, sometimes I felt like I was obsessively and anxiously micromanaging my ...
  • Mike Rabasco
    1970-01-01
    This is a must read for all those concerned with there health.
  • Debbie
    1970-01-01
    I have a friend who has many health issues and is seeing about 1 specialist a week (with little getting resolved). She also lacks confidence in her primary doctor, but she feels like she needs to just do what she's told. I'm healthy and already proactive about my own health, but I don't want to end up in a position like my friend. I also hoped that some tips from this book would help her.The author is pro-"go see your doctor" just as long as you ...
  • Laura Chapman
    1970-01-01
    I was skeptical when I started this, but it really has a lot of information on how to better interact with the healthcare system. The author runs a business that helps people get more out of their medical care, and he's compiled some great information. Here are some of the main points:1. Spend time searching for a great primary care physician, and lean on them as a person to help you manage your day-to-day health and to navigate the rest of the s...
  • Drew Clancy
    1970-01-01
    Can't recommend this book highly enough. Many, many important insights into how the health care system works. Michelson arms us with a great deal of valuable information regarding the importance of having a close relationship with a primary care doctor as well as what we need to do when we or a loved gets a bad diagnosis. I'm planning to give copies of this book to my friends and family.
  • Jane
    1970-01-01
    This book is about how to become an empowered patient and ensure that you get the best medical treatment when required. To illustrate his points, the author uses lots of interesting real life cases. I won an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Goodreads Giveaways program.
  • Margaret
    1970-01-01
    I checked out this book from the library after seeing it on the shelf. I read it once and took notes, but I feel like I need to purchase a copy of it to keep for reference . This is book that every home needs!
  • Julie
    1970-01-01
    Important book for humans...someday either you or someone you care for will be faced with a life altering health issue and Michelson's approach to navigating the medical world is sound and well thought out.
  • BowbytheBay
    1970-01-01
    Potentially very helpful
  • Emes
    1970-01-01
    A sincere book with helpful advise for patients.
  • Yogi
    1970-01-01
    I think this is one of those "must read" books for anyone making health decisions or who will be doing so in the future. That means everyone. (chuckle) I do a tremendous amount of medical research, and this explains well how the medical system works, from multiple perspectives -- doctor, patient, insurance company, etc. Gaps between them all are bridged with logic and some motivations revealed, along with maybe some trust established because all ...
  • Kimfu
    1970-01-01
    Very good book, with extremely important information. However, sometimes the information was overwhelming. If I were to get sick, it would be nice to have an expert like Leslie D. Michelson by my side to steer my way through the myriad paths that could point to recovery. Otherwise, it's easy to get lost. That said, I think this book gives people a lot of different ideas for how they can take charge of their own recovery. Even if you were only to ...
  • Joyce
    1970-01-01
    My rating reflects format--audiobook. Even addicts have to admit that some books simply don't work as well on audio. While this one has lots of great advice on all aspects of our lives with the world of medicine, there are too many lists. It's a great listen, rich in anecdotes, but there's simply too much information to take in. If I wanted to use this effectively, I'd need the book with all the questions to ask when choosing a doctor, when admit...
  • Cin
    1970-01-01
    This book contains a lot of useful information for patients at any level. At the very beginning, I didn’t think this would be such an interesting and useful book. This book made me rethink my current perspective towards the healthcare system. I actually talked to a few of my friends & relatives about this book and recommended them to read it. It’s good to become more informed. Don’t worry. This book is written in a very readable style.I rec...
  • Mimi Pockross
    1970-01-01
    I found this discussion of how to navigate health problems to be a very important message but sometimes I wanted it to be clearer and less repetitive. I understand that people like to hear stories of others who have been frustrated by being unable to find correct diagnoses for their maladies. The author definitely makes an impression with his examples and for this reason alone I would highly recommend this book. I have passed my copy on to my dau...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    This book is filled with great stories and some practical advice for those who need some guidance in dealing with the complex health care system we have in the United States. There are excellent resources listed as well. The bottom line is this – too many people die in our country from medical errors – you do not want to be one of them. This book is filled with advice on how to avoid such a fate.
  • Sheri
    1970-01-01
    This book is really a must read for anyone who has gotten to a point in their health care process where they want to take charge of it. The author gives many examples, steps, and websites to help you achieve this.He really tries to share with you the importance of being your own health care advocate instead of putting so much blind faith in your doctor. This is a book I want to purchase to share with family and friends on the importance of this m...
  • Laren
    1970-01-01
    This book illustrates the level of work that today's patients have to put in to best manage their own health despite having no expertise in the field - something that doctors used to get paid to do. If you are a caregiver, there are many great tips on finding excellent care for your loved one. But if you are a patient, the amount of work involved seems even more overwhelming once it is outlined here for you.
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    Valuable information - perhaps the most valuable is the list of resources/websites. However, many of the success stories cited required sufficient funds to travel to the best providers and pay additional costs of using nonnetwork providers. Still, even if one only follows some of the practices for being proactive, more mindful, and more thorough in communicating with providers, it would help. There are good guidelines for when it's time to change...
  • Sara
    1970-01-01
    An excellent book. I listened to this, and I loved the author's calm, rational tone. It is a great book to read *before* you need it. Some of the cases are scary, but they illustrate excellent points about how to manage your own or loved ones care in a complex, medical world. Very practical with detailed tips and conversation started for anyone to use.
  • Mayumi Amargo
    1970-01-01
    This book sums up what could be avoidable with proper communication, and a willingness to learn. Michelson gives practical advice such as creating a collection of your own medical records on a usb or a binder. Having a coordinator in your family in charge and taking the lead in case you as the patient is able. Kind assertiveness will save lives. His book will help many patients.
  • Sally
    1970-01-01
    A very practical and useful book, written by someone who makes his living helping people navigate the chaos of the US healthcare system in order to get the best outcome possible. He shares his techniques and recommendations so that readers can do this for themselves or someone they're helping through a medical situation.
  • Charlie
    1970-01-01
    This is one of the most useful books I have ever read. It helped me, step-by-step, find the perfect primary care physician. And it will continue to help me manage my own health care, and choose the proper medical specialists. Everybody, including doctors (maybe especially doctors,) should read this book.
  • Hilary
    1970-01-01
    Excellent book everyone should read. Important and useful advice on navigating the health care system. It guides you on determining accurate doctor & hospital ratings and how to seek additional expert opinions. The author has written an easy-to-read book that will assist many readers. Helpful websites are listed with up-to-date information.
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    When one is visiting a physician for diagnosis and treatment, one would do well to follow this author's advice. Well written, documented and organized advice covers all aspects of medical care. Much material to remember.