Sunday, February 14, 2016

Book Review: An Insiders Guide to Getting the Best out of the Health System – Author Kate Ryder

This is an interesting resource, written by a Registered Nurse turned health advocate, who has also worked as a complaints officer at the Office of the Health Care Complaints Commission. The book does not shy away from looking at issues, risks and problems you run across as a health consumer.

Some of the language I think is a little simplistic, and one section goes as far to say that if you treat your health team poorly it is your own fault if they treat you badly and your health suffers as a consequence. I found this a bit concerning. For the most part I think the book is full of really useful checklists, examples and ideas about how to keep yourself safe in the health care system. Well worth a read. I really liked the section about writing a medical history to take to appointments or hospital admissions that you can update.  We have a copy of the book here in the office should you be interested.

Eleanor Kerdo
Policy Officer 

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