COMMON SENSE CARE:
A PARENT’S GUIDE TO A HARMLESS ER VISIT
Dr. Vincent D’Amore, MD, FACEP
Learn how to make sure your child gets the best treatment possible in your hospital’s Emergency Room, avoids needless (and sometimes painful) tests—and without leaving you with a pile of out-of-control medical bills that can bankrupt you.
Your child is writhing in pain, crying out for you to help. Nothing you’ve done at home at bedside has helped your son or daughter. It’s time for drastic action.
You rush your child to the Emergency Room of your local hospital. The hustle and bustle of the ER only frightens your child more—and, be honest, it frightens you as well.
The ER admits your child. You’ve filled out a pile of paperwork. You now sit anxiously in the waiting room. You worry. You look around at the cold, sterile hospital walls. A wisp of disinfectant wafts in the air.
And then you worry some more. You ask yourself, “What more can I do?”
The doctor approaches. He gives you the diagnosis. He prescribes a series of tests and treatments. You listen hopefully. It sounds good.
But there is one problem…
You don’t understand a word of what the doctor is saying.
You don’t know what these tests and treatments will really do. You hope they will help. Yet you also fear they might hurt or harm your little one.
And you’re probably not even thinking about just how much these tests will cost. Thousands? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands?
Or perhaps you’re wondering whether your insurance company will cover the costs. After all, we all know what it’s like these days to deal with insurance companies and the fine print of their policies and the double-talk of their phone clerks who don’t really care about you—or your child.
So what can you do?
HOW TO MAKE YOUR CHILD
HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER
(And Save Yourself a Fortune
in Unnecessary Medical Bills)
COMMON SENSE CARE: A Parent’s Guide to a Harmless ER Visit by Dr. Vincent D’Amore, M.D., FACEP, will teach you how to understand what the ER doctors and nurses are telling you in plain English.
COMMON SENSE CARE will teach you what questions to ask the doctors and nurses—and the kinds of answers you need and deserve to make sure you child gets the most appropriate treatment.
It will teach you how to save yourself thousands, perhaps even millions of dollars in unnecessary medical costs.
Given that medical costs are one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in America today, COMMON SENSE CARE may even save you from financial ruin.
Most importantly, COMMON SENSE CARE can help get your child back on his or her feet and frolicking again in the playground and around the house.
COMMON SENSE CARE:
HOW TO BE A BETTER, SMARTER PARENT
Think of COMMON SENSE CARE as having a lifeline to a state-of-the-art family physician who will explain what’s being done for your child and more important what should be done.
Dr. Amore’s comprehensive yet easy-to-read guide will give you the knowledge to speak intelligently with your physician and health care team to provide the best possible care for your child.
Dr. D’Amore has travelled across the country to learn from some of the best doctors in the country. COMMON SENSE CARE utilizes the most up-to-date scientific research and clinical information—and it shows on every page.
And it’s a convenient size, the kind of book you can stash in your handbag or briefcase or even the glove compartment of your car.
Dr. Vincent D’Amore’s COMMON SENSE CARE will show you what you really need to know to make your child healthier and happier including:
• 3 questions you should always ask a doctor about any medical test or procedure.
• How to prevent time-consuming, costly and unnecessary trips to the Emergency Room that really don’t help your child get any better any quicker.
• 3 principles you never want to forget when it comes to making sure your child gets the proper medical attention he needs.
• Understand the common diseases that afflict children and the best courses of treatment.
• How to understand the various tests doctors often want to perform—sometimes unnecessarily and to the detriment of your child’s health.
• Understand the possible tests and treatments the physician may order for your child—as well as their accompanying risks.
• 3 things you deserve—no, you have a right—to expect from any doctor or hospital.
• Save you thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands, and perhaps even millions of dollars in medical bills. That’s money that could go instead to your child’s college education fund and much, much more.
• Reduce the hassle of dealing with health insurance companies more interested in their shareholders’ dividends than the health of your children.
You’ll find yourself talking with doctors and nurses more like a well-informed partner than a helpless parent. (And don’t think good doctors won’t respect you for it.) Your discussions with them—both in and out of the ER—will be less anxiety-ridden, less stressful and less frustrating.
In short, you’ll be a better advocate for your son or daughter’s health care.
And your child will be happier as you’ll be better able to tell him or her what the doctors are doing to make the pain go away.
Forget what you see on television. That won’t help you—or make your child feel any better. COMMON SENSE CARE will explain to you what really goes on in a real-world ER and what you need to know, including:
• Why much of what you’ve been taught about having a fever is wrong. Learn how to deal with your child’s fever without a lengthy trip to the ER.
• How to understand seizures. Yes, they’re scary but do they require a million-dollar workup?
• Discover how a simple, generic prescription drug can sometimes treat your child’s ailments just as well as an expensive, big-gun medicine.
• Learn the truth about asthma and the tests you may NOT WANT the doctor to perform.
• Do all children with pneumonia need to be admitted to the ER for an extensive and costly workup? The answer will surprise you.
• The most important thing you can do to keep your children safe from the ravages of influenza.
• Why going to the ER may not be the best course of action for strep throat.
• Why the treatment of acute gastroenteritis may subject your child to needless testing and pain—and you to paying budget-breaking bills.
• Bellyaches. We’ve all had them. And we know they usually go away. But what if they don’t? Find out what a doctor looks for next and why it is serious.
• Why do some doctors often order tests that don’t answer the question they were meant to?
• One smart way to help reduce your child’s risk of suffering head trauma you can do yourself.
• A rule of thumb you never want to forget if you want to protect your child from the longtime consequences of a concussion.
• A primer on radiation. Find out just how much is too much for your kids.
A copy of Common Sense Care costs less than a lunch at your local diner. Yet it can save you thousands of dollars, perhaps even more.
Most importantly, Common Sense Care is a small investment for sake of your child’s well-being and happiness.
And isn’t that what we ultimately want?