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If you’re uninsured and the doctor says you need a biopsy and you’re out there by yourself, you could easily get lost in the healthcare system. Of the uninsured people that are served by the center [Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention], the Patient Navigator is able to successfully obtain insurance coverage for 95 percent of them so they can go ahead with their surgery ~ Dr. Harold P. Freeman, Oncology Issues - November/December 2004
It is important to note that the above quote from Dr. Freeman was taken from an article written back in 2004. One of the myriad barriers to healthcare for those battling chronic diseases has always been the financial aspect, and certified Patient Navigators have expertly guided patients through the intricate insurance maze since Patient Navigation took root. Financial Navigation, Nurse Navigation, Community Navigation... the list goes on for the many roles that Patient Navigators can play.
The Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute continues to plant new seeds of knowledge by certifying hundreds of Patient Navigators each year and by consistently finding like-minded corporations and associations with which to synergize and create even stronger roots. As Patient Navigation gets older, it gets stronger. Barriers to care are broken daily. Thanks to our Navigators, today:
- Transportation will be arranged.
- Daycare will be found.
- Insurance coverage will be obtained.
- Communication and language hurdles will be cleared.
- Clinical questions will be answered.
- Doctors will be reached.
- Appointments will be met.
- Navigation technology will create more opportunity.
- Lives will be saved.
He who plants a tree
Plants a hope
~ Lucy Larcom