Your Health, Your Voice: Why Self-Advocacy Matters in Healthcare

Team Orca
Jan 30, 2024
We trust doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals with our health, often accepting their diagnoses and treatment plans without question. But what if we told you that one of the most powerful tools for good health is right at your fingertips? Your own voice.

There's a lot of things that are inspiring about Serena. What we want to highlight today is the example Serena set for us all in showing how important it is to speak up when it comes to your health.

The year was 2017. Shortly after welcoming her first child to the world, Serena started experiencing symptoms of a potential blood clot. Her doctors were not overly concerned, but Serena felt that something was wrong. She pushed for tests that revealed she indeed had life-threatening to blood clot that required immediate surgery.

In her words:

"Being heard and appropriately treated was the difference between life or death for me."

We're taking a moment to re-share this story to remind us all that our voices matter when it comes to healthcare. At Venteur, this starts with the ability to pick your health plan and customize your selection based on your unique goals and needs.

This is just the beginning of the journey.

Self-advocacy in healthcare is about taking an active role in your own medical decisions. It's about being informed, asking questions, and speaking up for your needs. It's about trusting your gut instinct, asking questions, and getting second and third opinions.

Why is self-advocacy so important?

  • Improved health outcomes: Studies have shown that patients who are self-advocates are more likely to have better health outcomes. They are more likely to adhere to treatment plans, experience fewer complications, and be satisfied with their care.
  • Increased confidence: When you take charge of your health, you feel more empowered and confident. You know that you are making informed decisions about your own well-being.
  • Stronger doctor-patient relationships: Self-advocacy can lead to more open and honest communication between you and your doctor. When you are an active participant in your care, your doctor is better able to understand your needs and provide you with the best possible care.

How can you be a self-advocate in healthcare?

  • Do your research: Before any appointment, take some time to learn about your condition or the procedure you are considering. The more you know, the better equipped you will be to ask questions and make informed decisions.
  • Ask questions: Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions, no matter how simple they may seem. It's important to understand your diagnosis, treatment options, and potential risks and benefits.
  • Speak up: If you have concerns about your care, don't be afraid to voice them. Your doctor is there to help you, and they can't address your concerns if they don't know what they are.
  • Find support: There are many resources available to help you be a self-advocate in healthcare. Talk to your friends and family, join a support group, or connect with an online community.

If there's anything we encourage you to takeaway from reading this article, it's this: you are the most important person in your healthcare journey. Trust your voice, be your own advocate, and take charge of your health.

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