A new website has tools for learning how to speak up effectively when you’ve had a bad health care experience. That can be anything from being on the wrong end of someone’s rudeness to being the victim of a serious malpractice event. The website is called The Assertive Patient. Click here for the link. It comes out of Massachusetts but has good resources for patients everywhere.
The website has a good diagram here that shows the steps involved in getting resolution to a bad experience, especially if it’s in a hospital. You start with talking with the providers involved and if they are non-responsive, the hospital will have some sort of patient advocate or ombudsman or quality assurance officer or “risk manager” (many different terms cover the same thing). If this doesn’t work, formal complaints to regulatory bodies are the next step, or talking to a lawyer.
The final chapter in my book, The Life You Save: Nine Steps to Finding the Best Medical Care — and Avoiding the Worst, also gives a step-by-step approach to getting to the bottom of poor quality care. And you can get the same information at my law firm’s website, by filling out the form to download our free Injury Fact Kit.