The Patient’s Playbook by Leslie D Michelson

Last Updated on November 24, 2022 by ellen

Years ago, I had some ongoing health issues that wouldn’t go away. I was sick, healthy, and then sick again for a year or two. After a number of trips to doctors and specialists, I wasn’t any closer to understanding what was wrong than when I started. It was frustrating because it was so difficult to deal with multiple Health Book: The Patient's Playbook by Leslie D Michelsondoctors, specialists, prescriptions and insurance companies to have it all make sense.

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The Patient’s Playbook by Leslie D Michelson

The Patient’s Playbook is a call to action. It will change the way you manage your health and the health of your family, and it will show you how to choose the right doctor, coordinate the best care, and get to the No-Mistake Zone in medical decision making. Leslie D. Michelson has devoted his life’s work to helping people achieve superior medical outcomes at every stage of their lives. Michelson presents real-life stories that impart lessons and illuminate his easy-to-follow strategies for navigating complex situations and cases.

The Patient’s Playbook is an essential guide to the most effective techniques for getting the best from a broken system: sourcing excellent physicians, selecting the right treatment protocols, researching with precision, and structuring the ideal support team.

My thoughts:

The Patient’s Playbook is a guide book that will explain how you can navigate the health care system. For someone who suffers from a chronic illness or invisible disease, it’s not always an easy process to find the right doctors, specialists, prescriptions and insurance company or to figure out how to get them all to work well together. The book will show you how to pick the best primary health care doctor and what you need to ask your doctor after every hospital stay. It will also explain how you can prepare now in case an illness strikes in the future and how to protect yourself from treatments that you don’t need.

I enjoyed reading The Patient’s Playbook. The author has a way of explaining things that makes sense even when it’s as complicated as our health care system. Each chapter is a combination of stories and information with a quick guide to refer to at the end of the chapter. I found that the quick guide section was a great place to refer to while you were trying to decide what direction to go next. Also, at the end of the book is a huge section called Notes that has links to websites and other places you can get more information.

Whether you visit the doctor’s office regularly or rarely, you should read this book to be prepared. Most people will have to deal with a health issue at some point in their lives. The time to prepare for it is now so that you can get the best possible care when you need it.

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6 thoughts on “The Patient’s Playbook by Leslie D Michelson

  1. Gosh, this could not be a more fitting book that I need in my life. I just went to the doctors on my birthday which was last Thursday. I could not see my doctor because she was not in that day. I was having throat tightness, and it felt like something was stuck in there. Since I did not have clarity that day my anxiety got the best of me. Well, this terrible doctor gave me one of the strongest antibiotics on the market and would not truly listen to me. He said he could not see anything, but if there was an infection somewhere this would kill it. If he would have let me talk he would have known it was my anxiety. Out of sheer desperation I took the meds and now have a severe allergic reaction going on…not deadly but pretty darn bad. He would not listen to me. I feel as if finding a primary care doctor is so hard these days and need all the help I can get in that department for my set of needs.

  2. What a fabulous resource to have on hand.

    I have found that you really have to be your best advocate when answers need to be found. It’s just hard sometimes to Know a where to go to get those answers.

  3. I love that it has the quick guide at the end of each chapter. It also has notes with some links about websites and other places that we can get more information. I would love to read this book, too!
    Thank You

  4. What a great resource to have! Even if not for yourself- if you are a caregiver to someone who has a chronic illness, this is beneficial. I would have loved this as a resrouce when my parents first were ill.

    My friend Amie has become a caregiver for her dad and they are still sorting through the exact diagnoses for him- but I will share this with her. Navigating these journeys are hard enough -anything to support our friends and family on these journeys is great!

  5. The health care system is definitely not easy to understand. Its great that there is a book like this to help. I love that they offer online resources if you need even more assistance.

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