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As your child's primary advocate, you know how important it is for you to be knowledgeable about his or her health. Sometimes the volume of information regarding healthcare can be overwhelming, especially because it isn't the only thing you have to take care of.
Some Useful Tips for Getting Organized
Here are some tips that other parents have found helpful in preparing to manage their children's healthcare:
Keep a journal, three-ring binder or some other filing system to organize your child’s healthcare records
Create a contact sheet to keep important names and telephone numbers at your fingertips
Organize financial information into categories and label them for easy reference
Understand your insurance plan, benefits and coverage plus any special guidelines you must follow
Keep thorough records of medical bills and payments to ensure proper payment
Learn your way around the building
Know your caregivers’ names and write down what they say
Write down any questions you may have to help you remember them
Make written lists to help you keep track of important issues
Be proactive about financial matters
Share research information with your child’s primary physician
Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed
Get help from friends, support groups and counselors
Write Down Everything!
Make written notes about phone calls and conversations and include the date of the conversation, who you spoke with, important details, their fax number and their follow-up telephone number. You can’t remember everything so use these helpful conversation logs to help you recall details when you need them.