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The Consumer's Legal Guide to Today's Health Care.

New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. 384 pages, $12.95.

Until something goes wrong, few of us ever think about our rights in the health care system. Even after being frustrated by the medical system, most consumers have an extraordinarily difficult time asserting their rights.

The Consumer's Legal Guide to

Today's Health Care delivers exactly what it proposes. It provides down-to-earth, practical advice that will help the consumer cut through the confusion and take control of his or her own care. Separate chapters focus on one's rights as a patient, health insurance, job-related health issues, parents and children, Medicare, long-term care, the right to die, and other pertinent topics. The authors have not only explained complicated information in accessible language, they have clearly and succinctly answered many of the most difficult questions asked by consumers of today's health care.

The Consumer's Legal Guide invites consumers to learn more about how to take command of their own health care and thus provides important tools for self-advocacy. The book fulfills its mission with gusto and is highly recommended to people with MS--and everyone else.

Reviewed by Laura Cooper, JD, the National MS Society's pro-bono consultant on Independent Living and a regular columnist for INSIDE MS.
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Author:Cooper, Laura D.
Publication:Inside MS
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 1993
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