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Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

Make a Difference as a Patient Advocate

Georgia Price

What Makes a Good Patient Advocate?

Requirements for patient advocates will depend on the area you place to work in. Here’s a short breakdown of the common requirements for each specialty. Please note, these may not apply in every situation, and requirements may vary from job to job.




Medical Assistance:
• Previous medical experience and knowledge such as a job as a doctor, nurse, physician assistant or other healthcare professional.
• Desire to stand up for patients’ rights
• Ability to speak to authority figures like doctors and insurance companies with the patient’s best interests in mind
• Compassion and empathy
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to multi-task and remain organized

Insurance Assistance:
• Knowledge of the health insurance system, including private insurance and Medicare/Medicaid
• Experience in billing and/or coding a plus
• Compassion and empathy
• Patience
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to stand up to insurance companies with the patient’s best interests in mind
• Excellent communication skills
• Ability to multi-task and remain organized

Home Health Assistance:
• Experience working as a nursing assistant or home health aide
• Compassion and patience
• Ability to multi-task
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to make decisions in the patient’s best interest

Elderly and Geriatric Health Assistance:
• Experience working as a nursing assistant or home health aide
• Compassion and patience
• Ability to multi-task
• Friendly disposition
• Ability to make decisions in the patient’s best interest
• Experience working in geriatrics preferred

Legal Assistance:
• Experience working in the legal system
• Understanding of malpractice, disability, Medicare, etc.
• Compassion and patience
• Ability to make tough decisions that are in the patient’s best interest
• Open-minded
• Experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds


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