PREPARED PATIENT BLOG

Patients and experts explore what it takes to find good health care and make the most of it.

Andrew Schorr is the founder and host of Patient Power®, a website and radio program designed to connect people with news and experts on health. Want to know more about Andrew Schorr and Patient Power? Go to: www.patientpower.info or follow him on Twitter @patientpower.


A Patient's Perspective on the High Cost of Cancer Drugs

Andrew Schorr | October 21, 2014
Many cancer therapies now cost over $100,000 a year. Obviously, this expenditure is not sustainable for the majority of patients. At age 64, I am approaching Medicare coverage. Will I have the 20 percent co-pay to shoulder? As more people survive cancer and remain on ongoing medicines, the U.S. has to have a fair and open discussion about the cost of these medicines...

Is a Daily Dose of Many Pills in Your Future?

Andrew Schorr | March 17, 2014
I recently had breakfast with an aging cousin, Walter, who has become infirm in his senior years. I knew he had several doctors and took medicine. It wasn't until breakfast time, however, that I realized how many medicines Walter took – and I was bowled over...

Guest Blog: TV Anchorpeople and Illness: Lessons Learned

Andrew Schorr | October 1, 2012
I'??ve been thinking a lot about television anchors and personalities. As they get older they encounter health issues, like the rest of us, and they get publicized because we think we know them so well. Is this helpful for our own health or does it sometimes go too far?

Guest Blog: What Fuels Patients Searching Online

Andrew Schorr | May 10, 2012
From day one, Patient Power has been about giving a voice to patients and addressing the real concerns and issues of patients and caregivers. That's one reason we do regular visitor surveys, such as our current Spring 2012 survey. We constantly strive to better understand the people we serve; their needs and concerns; and the impact of what we provide. The initial results are fascinating and I wanted to share some here...

Guest Blog: How Information Can Help Conquer Fear

Andrew Schorr | March 19, 2012
I spent one day last week at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston...The waiting room is sizeable but quickly becomes jammed with people...Some look the picture of health. Others wear masks and are pushing IV poles'We're all there because we have a serious diagnosis and we want to see doctors who are among the best. The faces show a mixture of fear, courage and confidence.

Guest Blog: The Disconnect Between Hospital Marketing and What Patients Need

Andrew Schorr | March 6, 2012
A hospital's claims of highly rated care or state-of-the-art, multimillion dollar equipment may be only part of the equation for where you seek care.

Cancer Survivorship and Fear

Andrew Schorr | February 28, 2011
I had breakfast this morning with my friend, Dave Garcia. Dave is a pit boss on the graveyard shift at the Belagio Hotel in Las Vegas. He is also a 52-year-old chronic lymphocytic leukemia survivor. Today he was to see his oncologist and get his latest blood test results. Would his white blood count be in the normal range? As you can imagine, Dave was on pins and needles.

Powerful Patients Revisited

Andrew Schorr | December 7, 2010
There's some confusion out there in the media that Patient Power is only about patients holding hands and providing emotional support to one another. It's the warm and fuzzy side of medicine, like sitting at someone's bedside. That support is terrific. But these days the leadership role of a well-intentioned and well-informed patient doesn't stop there.

Patient-Experts at Medical Conventions

Andrew Schorr | November 30, 2010
Increasingly, you are finding real patients who have the conditions discussed at conventions, in scientific sessions, and around exhibit halls. Patients like me want to be where that news breaks; we want to ask questions and thanks to the Internet we have a direct line to thousands of other patients waiting to know what new developments mean for them. PR types and social networking media analysts take note: we are a new force to contend with.

Gale Fisher's Missed Diagnosis (Almost)

Andrew Schorr | November 8, 2010
As Gale Fisher approached her late 60's, she remained active - playing golf and walking, but pain in her right calf made walking difficult, and it was getting worse. Gale eventually saw her doctor who suggested fusion surgery. Gale sought a second opinion from a vascular surgeon. He proposed a major surgery that would require 10 days in the hospital to open the blood flow. Gale sought out third opinion. The information she received changed her life.

Guest Blog: George Karl's Cancer Comeback

Andrew Schorr | September 28, 2010
To my mind, George Karl, veteran NBA basketball coach is a winner. He's tenacious. I saw that in him when, in the early '70's, he played basketball in college at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when I was a student there too. Those were the glory years of bigger than life coach Dean Smith and George was one of his recruits. George didn't disappoint then as the team played in the Final Four and won the NIT Tournament. George was scrappy.

Guest Blog: How Personal Pain Leads to Medical Dedication

Andrew Schorr | September 24, 2010
The old joke about psychological therapists is they are among the biggest consumers of therapy themselves. Lately, I have been noticing more and more how a significant portion of the people we meet wearing white lab coats have a very personal connection to the medical work they do. For them it is not a job, a meal ticket, or just putting their years of training into practice, it is a mission connected to something in their past, something in their own body, or the health of a loved one.