BewellSanMiguel | Patient Advocacy in San Miguel de Allende
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PATIENT ADVOCACY

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. 

SERVICES

Medical Care

Identifying an appropriate care provider and assisting you in making appointments.

Translating

Translating between you and medical staff, taking notes during appointments as well as translating medical documents.

Medication

Managing and reviewing medication in order to avoid side effects and drug interactions, as well as simplifying your medication schedule.

Organizing

Reviewing your medical history prior to your visit to ensure your concerns are communicated clearly. Creating and organizing medical records.

Emergencies

Preparing for health emergencies and ensuring that family and household help know what to do in an emergency.

Oversight

Being actively involved in ongoing medical oversight, e.g., in the rare case of an error, assisting you in dealing with legal matters.

Educating

Providing education on the management of chronic disease and wellness care.

Care Abroad

Determining whether you can safely seek care locally or if treatment should be sought elsewhere in Mexico or the US.

ABOUT

DEBORAH BICKEL

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…

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