This post was made in conjunction with a partnership with Fairos.
I must confess something I have never told you before but when I was in middle school, I had to get a physical for me to play sports. Nothing out of the ordinary right? I knew that I was born with a bone abnormality in my left arm called Madelung’s Deformity. My left arm is a few inches shorter than my right, but up until the car accident a few years ago, where I injured my left shoulder, I never had any problem with that arm. So my parents and I thought that there would nothing other than that abnormality that showed up on my physical. However, that was not the case, because my dad was retired military and back then their healthcare was amazing, an ordinary physical wasn’t something that we had to wait months for or that required long waits in the office. After the doctor examined me she told my mom she thought she heard a heart murmur. Heart disease runs in my dad’s family so my mom agreed with my doctor that I need further tests to see what it really was. It wasn’t a heart murmur however, it was a congenital heart defect that affected the tricuspid valve of my heart. In normal hearts, the tricuspid valve separates the blood flow of the heart making it go in three different directions. My doctor told my mom to think of it like an upside down Mercedes sign. However, I was didn’t have that, my heart didn’t send the blood in three directions, instead, it only sent it in two. Because of that anytime I had anything done to my body surgically wise, heck even an ordinary trip to the dentist, I would have to be on antibiotics for a full ten days before the visit. And let me tell you antibiotics for me is no fun. Just one little pill wipes me out and makes me useless for the rest of the day.
Yea there you have it I was born with not only a deformity in my left arm but also with a heart defect. Why am I tell you all this? Because having to explain this everytime I go to a new doctor is getting very tiring. And with a low tolerance for medication, I am normally half out of it if not all out of it when I go the doctors and they give me instructions. If you are like me I have found myself thinking why aren’t there places or people that can help us navigate the world of the medical and insurance field. There is one company that is working to become just that for everyone. I was recently on a conference call with several bloggers and representatives of Fairos to discuss what we as ordinary people would like when it comes to dealing with doctors and insurance companies.
Honestly, I found it quite refreshing that there is a company that will look out for the ordinary everyday person and be the go-to when having to deal with all the paperwork and red tape. I am excited to say that there is a company that is working to make things easier. Here are a few things that we talked about on the conference call
- Bill Negotiation– Fairos would negotiate with the doctors to see what is the absolute lowest price for each procedure. I personally find that helpful because after the accident in 2014, an accident that wasn’t our fault, we still ended up with having to pay my medical bills. Luckily, I had a lawyer that was able to negotiate a lower cost for the bills, but now everybody has access to that.
- TeleHealth– How convenient would it be when you know that you have a sinus infection or a migraine that just won’t stop instead of having to take a day off work, you could call, email or video chat with a doctor and get what you needed. I love this because when I am sick that last thing I want to do is get out of bed and out of my PJs to go to the doctor.
- Care- Coordination– Someone would follow up with your doctors and make appointments for you and then send you reminders. My low tolerance to medication self would so love this. Because let’s face it, I forget at least half of what the doctor told me to do before I even walk out of their office.
How does this sound amazing right? Well right now Fairos is in the planning stages for these services and they need your help. How can you help, you ask? By simply answering the survey below.
So tell me what have you struggling with health wise? Do these services sound like something you could use?