Have you ever asked a friend who sells electronics to give you a bargain? Have you ever asked a family member who's a contractor to give you a deal on that new kitchen? Everybody does it. So why should health care be any different?
This week on White Coat, Black Art, we explore queue-jumping in health care and the many ways people do it. The easiest way to jump the queue is to know someone on the inside. You'll hear stories of physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who use their connections to get faster health care for their family and friends. We talk to a savvy woman who works as a hospital fundraiser. She says volunteering at the hospital is a great way to make connections with health care providers.
Connections are the key. You may think you don't know anyone in medicine. But, if you work your connections, you may soon discover that you know someone who knows someone who can help you.
We also explore the relationship between hospital benefactors and the care they receive. It should come as no surprise that hospitals hire people to work in donor relations. Their job is to make certain benefactors are treated well should they need the hospital's services. People tend to get worked up over this. Unfortunately, our hospitals seem to depend on the good will of major donors. Giving them a bit of extra TLC is the least we can do to say thanks.