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Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
Answers to your practical questions such as how to travel safely despite your health condition, how to avoid getting infected by a pet, and what to say or not say to an insurance company.

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It may be difficult to do, but it's important to keep records of changes in your health condition on a day-to-day basis. Particularly record when you start taking new drugs or treatments, their effect, pain levels, and about the way your health condition affects your work. If you're not up to it, ask a friend or family member to keep track for you. (Survivorship A to Z provides a Symptoms Diary to help you keep track. The click of a button changes it into an easy-to-read graph for your doctor or other medical professional).

Do what you can to minimize medical error. Even if you can get the medical provider to fix the error at no cost, you will still be saddled with the physical and emotional result.

Look at your medical records at least once a year. Medical records are key to your health care and for other purposes. For example, the records will be examined if you apply a for private or governmental disability income.

If you like keeping money in your pocket instead of putting it in a stranger's, learn the techniques for saving money while getting medical care.

When you obtain health information: 

  • Always consider the source. Original ("primary") sources are the best. 
  • The worst case scenarios that you are likely to read about on the internet or in case studies, or hear about from other people with your condition, probably do not apply to you. 
  • Always check what you learn with your doctor. 

Wear medical i.d. if a common drug could be unusually harmful to you .Always carry in your purse or wallet a short description of your health condition and a list of the drugs you are taking in case you're in that accident for which mothers warn you to wear clean underwear. (Survivorship A to Z provides a List of Medications to help you keep your list to date.)


Last, but certainly not least, if you smoke: quit. Quit lines for each state are listed at offsite link. You can also call the American Cancer Society's Quitline at: 800.227.2345

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