Insane wait times to see a specialist – a health care advocate
16 August 2019
Have you been injured or diagnosed with an illness and are shocked find out that your appointment isn’t until next year or even longer? That is the reality of our system, and when many of my clients seek out advocacy services.
Across Canada, our health care system is severely underfunded and backlogged. We don’t have enough doctors or time to deal with the surge of patients. Here are a few ways a health care advocate can help.
Put together a complete medical history
Putting together your medical history is more important than you would think. If you have seen multiple doctors over your lifetime, it might be a case of your current doctor or the walk-in doctor not having all the facts. We can put a complete medical history together so that when you are ready to see the doctor, they will have all the information they need.
Provide care recommendations during the interim while you wait for an appointment
Do you have any health concerns while you wait to see a specialist? Having support to help you with day to day tasks if you are injured or unwell can be a lifesaver for you and your family. Family is often willing to help but at the sacrifice of their own time or career.
We can recommend businesses that offer:
• Meal plans
• Grocery shopping services
• Cleaning services
• Vehicle services if you are unable to drive
• Personal care services like bathing and getting dressed
• Therapy of various types, among others
Whatever your current needs, we can help find a solution for you. We don’t provide these services ourselves, but we have an incredible network that we trust and can arrange for them to come in and help.
Provide care to family members that are helping you while you wait
If your family does help you on your journey, we can also arrange for a business to provide all the above services for them, so they don’t get stressed or burnt out while taking the time to provide you with care. Taking care of a family member can be mentally and physically exhausting, and you will sleep better, knowing that they are getting the care they need to stay happy and healthy.
Speak to healthcare professionals on your behalf to see if it’s possible to bump up the appointment time
We can’t guarantee we can move up wait times, but often we can get you an appointment cancellation. It just takes some know-how of the system and how to work with it. As well as calling when perhaps you are not available to call or feel too unwell to call. We work on your behalf to make the process as easy as possible.
Come to the appointment with you
Once the appointment time has arrived, we can come with you to ease you through the stressful experience and also to listen on your behalf. Having a background in health care, we know what to listen for and having a second person at your appointment is beneficial to be sure you don’t miss any vital information that the doctor may tell you.
Navigating our complex health care system is not easy. That is why we offer advocacy services for individuals as well as mobile health services for companies who have employees dealing with health issues. Having someone to be your voice during a stressful time no matter the situation is what we do best. Interested in advocacy services, or want information on our corporate wellness services, get in touch with us today! We offer a FREE 30-minute telephone consult. 1.844.88INTEG