4 out of 4 stars
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Surviving the Business of Healthcare is a definitive guide by Barbara Galutia Regis PA-C. As a fourth-generation family practice provider and also a cancer patient, Regis provides a comprehensive perspective based on her familial, professional, and personal experiences. In concise and easy-to-understand chapters, she offers insight on such topics as the importance of being informed and advocating for yourself, health insurance options, the roles of different healthcare providers, and navigating hospital admission. Regis also documents her progression, diagnosis, and treatment as a cancer patient "diagnosed with a rare form called amelanotic nodular melanoma."
Regis packs a wealth of information in this comprehensive handbook. Growing up in a home where the front foyer served as the patient waiting room for her father's family practice, she provides readers with a unique glimpse into the drastic changes in healthcare in recent generations. Regis explains her role as a "cradle-to-grave practitioner" and emphasizes the importance of selecting the right primary care physician. She offers readers practical advice, such as "If you feel rushed and unheard, then find another PCP." Regis describes her purpose for writing the book: "to provide information that will empower you to make better healthcare decisions for you and your family."
Healthcare is such a relevant concern, and I learned a lot from this concise guide. Admittedly, this is not a book I would select if I were browsing in a bookstore, but fortunately, I stumbled upon a rare gem: a book that is as enjoyable to read as it is informative. I especially liked the portions that Regis subtitled, "A glimpse into our not-so-sleepy town." In these sections, she told stories about growing up in her childhood home that also served as one of two doctors' offices in town. Regis's recollections made me long for simpler times when doctors made housecalls and sometimes bartered for their fees. I also appreciated her inclusion of money-saving tips related to cost-comparison shopping. In one example, she contrasted the inflated cost of an over-the-counter medication that her mother purchased from a well-known pharmacy with the price of the same medicine on Amazon; the difference was staggering.
There honestly isn't anything I dislike or improvements I can suggest for this informative guide. Regis's firsthand experiences as a family practitioner and cancer patient, coupled with her anecdotes from the past, qualify her to provide readers with all-encompassing insight. Additionally, the book is free from profanity and exceptionally edited; I didn't note a single error.
I unreservedly rate Surviving the Business of Healthcarer 4 out of 4 stars. Due to the wealth of information the book provides, I can't think of anyone who wouldn't learn something from it. I recommend it to readers who desire to learn more about advocating for optimal healthcare for themselves and their loved ones while saving money in the process. Regis's story will also appeal to cancer patients.
Surviving the Business of Healthcare
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