A patient advocate is a committed professional that helps you receive the best health care possible. Medical practices can vary greatly from one country to another, and at times the medical culture of Mexico can be quite different than in the US or Canada. The patient advocate’s role is not to diagnose or provide treatment but instead to help you get the most out of your interactions with your health care practitioners; providing support, guidance and expertise to keep you safe and well.
Identifying an appropriate care provider and assisting you in making appointments.
Translating between you and medical staff, taking notes during appointments as well as translating medical documents.
Managing and reviewing medication in order to avoid side effects and drug interactions, as well as simplifying your medication schedule.
Reviewing your medical history prior to your visit to ensure your concerns are communicated clearly. Creating and organizing medical records.
Preparing for health emergencies and ensuring that family and household help know what to do in an emergency.
Being actively involved in ongoing medical oversight, e.g., in the rare case of an error, assisting you in dealing with legal matters.
Providing education on the management of chronic disease and wellness care.
Determining whether you can safely seek care locally or if treatment should be sought elsewhere in Mexico or the US.
I am an international health worker, graduate of the Stanford University Physician Assistant program with a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. I have lived and worked in many countries including the United States, the Netherlands, Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Nicaragua, Zambia and Mozambique…