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Take this book to the hospital with you : a consumer guide to surviving your hospital stay
Inlander, Charles B.
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[Revised edition].
Publication Information:
New York : Pantheon Books, 1991.
Physical Description:
xviii, 253 pages ; 24 cm
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"A People's Medical Society book."
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RA965.6 .I55 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Completely revised and updated for today's medical consumer, Take This Book to the Hospital With You shows you how to scrutinize your bill for errors (more than 90 percent of hospital bills have errors, mostly in favor of the hospital); avoid signing away your rights on hospital consent forms; get the treatment you need, even if your managed-care company disagrees; find out which hospital departments are most likely to commit malpractice (you'll be surprised); and much more! Lively, impassioned and practical, Take This Book to the Hospital With You is the savvy medical consumer's most powerful defense against the medical minefield known as a hospital. As the nation's largest and most visible consumer health advocacy organization, the nonprofit People's Medical Society has been helping medical consumers take control of their own health since its founding in 1983.

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Library Journal Review

Inlander, coauthor of Medicine on Trial ( LJ 5/1/88) and Medicare Made Easy ( LJ 4/1/89), is a forthright advocate of medical consumerism. In the preface to this new edition of the 1985 original ( LJ 7/85), he writes, ``Despite all the rhetoric, all the advertising, all the money spent, a hospital stay in the 1990's is no safer than it was in the 1980's.'' Once considered sarcastic and strident, his words now read like pretty mundane stuff as people become more skeptical and vigilant about decisions that affect their medical care. Nothing in the first edition has been removed, although statistics have been updated and forms have been reworded for greater clarity. The only new additions are two chapters on ``Dying at the Hospital'' and on Medicare--both rapidly changing topics. The first edition still makes sense; but if all your copies have gone to the hospital, this second edition is a good purchase. Recommended. See also Inlander and Karla Morales's Getting the Most for Your Medical Dollar , reviewed above.--Ed.-- Evelyn L. Mott, Palm Beach Cty. Lib., West Palm Beach, Fla. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.