Leslie was recently interviewed by CNN Money correspondent Cristina Alesci about how to be your own medical advocate.
Many people mistakenly believe that only the wealthy can get good medical care.
But in The Patient's Playbook, Leslie makes a compelling case that wealthy people often get terrible care because they don't know how to be effective health care consumers. As he notes in Chapter 5:
It comes back to competence and courage: the competence to do your research and ask the right questions, and the courage to get additional opinions and say no to bad proposals. If you can summon these two traits when you’re in the market for a new cell phone plan, a gym membership, or a home loan, then I know you can do it when you are talking to practitioners in white lab coats.
He also provides valuable tips on how to find the best specialists and hospitals without paying extra, like in Chapter 9:
If you wanted the best lawyer in New York City, you’d have to pay a fortune to get him. In medicine, it frequently doesn’t cost any extra to get that guy. Academic medical centers take Medicare and most insurance plans, and they have the most experienced physicians. Consciously exploit this any time you can.
The bottom line: You can be a more effective advocate for yourself and get bettter medical care when you follow the lessons and tips Leslie has honed from more than 30 years of helping people get exeptional results.