New York Times on the Growing Patient Advocacy Field

//New York Times on the Growing Patient Advocacy Field

New York Times on the Growing Patient Advocacy Field

Alliance of Professional Health Advocates website

Alliance of Professional Health Advocates website

Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 5, 2016 ~ Patient Advocates, a Growing Field

It is a new cottage industry, patient advocacy,  and it’s born out of a complicated healthcare industry and the unequal power between the medical establishment and insurance and patients.

Patient Advocates are a growing industry and at the present time anyone can qualify.  Many readers of Mesh News Desk and members of the many mesh Facebook groups are already acting unofficially as patient advocates for others similarly afflicted, so this article might provide some food for thought.

According to the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates  there are about 650 advocates in its group, which is seven years old, according to the NYT report.

 Patient Navigator is one firm that helps desperate patients find someone to step in to deal with the bills, to advocate for the patient in finding the correct medical care, go to doctor’s office visits and to handle tricky insurance claims.  One patient advocate even negotiated lower payments and saved the client at least $10,000.

Ask for at least three different advocates and expect to pay from $100 to $450 an hour.   A patient advocate hired by the hospital may not be the person who acts in your best interest.

Of interest, check out Copatient, a patient advocacy site that lets you upload your medical bills and receive a free report and even negotiate savings, for a fee.


New York Times on Patient Advocates




By | 2016-09-05T21:07:02+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Media Reports|5 Comments

About the Author:

I’m National News Editor, Jane Akre and I began Mesh Medical Device News Desk aka Mesh News Desk (MND) in the summer of 2011 just after the Food and Drug Administration issued an explicit warning to the public that complications associated with surgical mesh used for prolapse repair (POP) and incontinence (SUI) are NOT rare! That was the starting point for the litigation you see today and thousands of lawsuits have been filed by women whose lives have been altered, some permanently, by the use of this petroleum-based product.


  1. Babs September 6, 2016 at 5:52 am - Reply

    Let’s get a news station involved. FOX news perhaps. I have sent one email already, with no reply. Maybe if they get a
    lot of people emailing, it will help this
    whole thing settle.

    • Lauren September 6, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Good luck getting Fox News to cover this mess. Any corporate run media group will not expose this. They pharmaceutical and chemical industries control what we hear through the money they give news corps. for advertising. To think that they will call out the people that are paying them money for all of those commercials is wishful thinking. I’ve contacted MSNBC, Rachael Maddow, Michael Moore and I’ve never heard back. I think our last hope is Bill Maher or maybe NPR or affiliated public radio station similar to the interview Jane did with Project Sensored. We need someone who isn’t controlled by large corporations. Let’s get together and expose mesh for what it is- a poison device!!!

    • K. Doro September 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      give us the e mail thank you

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