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    agebuzz Guest Blogger: Julie Buyon

    Support Groups: It’s Not All Talk – It’s Art and Music and Exercise and Dance and Knitting and More! By Julie Buyon

    By agebuzz Contributing Editor Julie Buyon   Being sick, or being the caregiver for someone who is ill, can be tough to manage. As readers of this site know, getting help from friends and family can make a world of difference. They help in such personal and practical ways, such…

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    And Yet, She Persisted: A Powerhouse Patient Gets Help with Medical Billing Errors and Resolving Insurance Disputes By Julie Buyon

    By agebuzz Contributing Editor Julie Buyon   It’s safe to say that most of us have received a surprise – and perhaps incorrect – bill for medical services. Where to turn for help when this happens? A Powerhouse Patient knows there are many ways to get help, but often you…

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    How A Powerhouse Patient $ave$ Money By Julie Buyon

    By agebuzz Contributing Editor Julie Buyon   We all know that healthcare can be very expensive, and for some people, it can cause significant financial hardship.  But there are many ways a Powerhouse Patient can reduce the cost of medications, get help with co-payments, as well as get a helping hand…

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    Perfect Presents for the Patient (Powerhouse or Not!) By Julie Buyon

    By agebuzz Contributing Editor Julie Buyon   As we head into the holidays, our thoughts turn to gift-giving and perhaps wish lists for presents we hope to receive. Whether you’re a patient or know someone who is, here are some suggestions for gifts that are sure to be appreciated.  …

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    The Palliative Care Team – They Have Your Back By Julie Buyon

    By agebuzz Contributing Editor Julie Buyon   One of the best-kept secrets in the world of health care is palliative care. I say “secret” because even though this board-certified medical specialty has been available for more than a quarter-century, many people still don’t understand it. Many doctors don’t fully understand…

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    The Powerhouse Patient Asks: Do I Need An Ethics Consultation? By Julie Buyon

    By agebuzz Contributing Editor Julie Buyon   Did I do something wrong?  (No). Is my doctor behaving unethically? (Probably not). Is my treatment plan immoral? (Unlikely). Then why bring up ethics? Health care ethics (also known as bioethics or medical ethics) can help us make health care decisions that are…

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    Julie Buyon
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    Biography:

    Julie Buyon is a palliative care patient advocate who assists people who have serious and complex illnesses navigate a challenging health care environment. Her focus is on making patients feel empowered and powerful. She has worked in hospitals and nursing homes, and run many community programs for seniors about health care. She is also a potter and most of her clothing has mud on it someplace. Julie is a graduate of Northwestern University (BS) and Sarah Lawrence College (MA Health Advocacy). Her favorite question for the patients she meets with is “What can we do to make this better?” and her favorite – and most frequent – answer is “I think we can help you out with that!

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