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The Patient’s Playbook

The Patient’s Playbook

The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of the Those You Love by Leslie D. Michelson

Summary: 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 doctor, coordinate the best care, and get to the No-Mistake Zone in medical decision making. Leslie D. Michelson has devoted his life’s work to helping people achieve superior medical outcomes at every stage of their lives. Michelson presents real-life stories that impart lessons and illuminate his easy-to-follow strategies for navigating complex situations and cases.  

The Patient’s Playbook is an essential guide to the most effective techniques for getting the best from a broken system: sourcing excellent physicians, selecting the right treatment protocols, researching with precision, and structuring the ideal support team. Along the way you will learn:

Why having the right primary care physician will change your life

Three things you can do right now to be better prepared when illness strikes

The ten must-ask questions at the end of a hospital stay

How to protect yourself from unnecessary and dangerous treatments

Ways to avoid the four most common mistakes in the first twenty-four hours of a medical emergency

This book will enable you to become a smarter health care consumer—and to replace anxiety with confidence.

Angie’s Comments: Great book on how to manage your health and doctor visits. Michelson gives good advice on how to manage your way through the health system and take charge of your own life. Most of the advice is practical. The examples, of course, are about all the mistakes those in the health profession make, so you won’t feel optimistic about the health system after you read this book. I had to remind myself while reading this book of the many times I went to the doctor and received great care.

Recommended for readers who have health issues or want to be more assertive when going to the doctor.