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Healing Rosie

How to Find a Good Doctor & Leverage Your Health Insurance

I heard “your labs are normal” after sharing my flabby, foggy and fatigued symptoms with my doctor more times that I can count.

It was MADDENING and I went through a bunch of doctors early in my journey, looking for someone who would run the right labs and help me uncover why my body was struggling so much.

I felt gaslit; no one took my desire to figure out what was wrong with my body seriously.

I was even dropped from someone’s practice when I begged for more help.

I wanted so badly to know what I could do to get my energy, vitality and life back!

Over time, I started meeting a lot of women who were going through the same struggle

And I was blessed to meet my friend Gretchen Bronson, who taught me how to find a good doctor and to better-leverage my health insurance to cover things like labs, out-of-network doctors and even some treatments that were outside the standard of care.

I’m so excited to interview her for this episode of Rosie Radio!

We talk about how to find a good doctor. And as Healing Rosie University’s in-house expert on health insurance, she also shares some jedi secrets on how to get more of your care covered by your health insurance!

I hear women say things like, "I just need a doctor to tell me what to do. I just want to find someone who's just going to fix me and tell me what to do." That thinking is what keeps us really stuck because we don't ever put ourselves in the driver's seat.
- Misty Williams

ABOUT Gretchen Bronson

Gretchen is a Registered Nurse, ISSA Certified Personal Trainer & Nutrition Consultant who coaches clients how to advocate for their health, navigate health insurance, and develop productive partnerships with their healthcare providers.

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show notes

  • [04:31]
    3 important points you have to dial in to make searching and vetting a doctor more successful
  • [07:02]
    The role your doctor should agree to play before you work together
  • [08:22]
    Why you have to get rid of your “just tell me what I need to do” mindset
  • [09:54]
    The most impossible path to healing that most women fall into
  • [13:33]
    The single most important reason why you need a community when you’re trying to “fix” yourself
  • [14:29]
    The exact kind of relationship you have to develop with your doctor to achieve breakthroughs in your healing journey
  • [16:50]
    One essential patient right that most of us forget we have when we hear our doctors talk
  • [17:46]
    Why informed consent is critical to your health and why most of the time doctors forget it
  • [24:20]
    Why you should never worry about your insurance dropping you from practice if you explore other options beyond the standard of care (Hint: they’ll be in trouble!)
  • [24:58]
    How to deal with doctors and practitioners who threaten to drop you if you don’t do everything they say
  • [25:12]
    Simple yet effective strategies to find a good doctor in your area who also takes Medicare (yes, it’s possible!)
  • [28:08]
    Accessible review platforms you can surprisingly use to look for and vet doctors
  • [31:56]
    The only way you can leverage your insurance and the 3 insurance providers that are extra challenging to deal with when it comes to claims and coverage
  • [32:33]
    Critical things to consider before choosing a health insurance plan
  • [33:02]
    How to get your insurance to cover for symptoms and dis-eases that register as normal within the standard of care
  • [33:53]
    Why is it important to keep receipts of all the communications you’ll have with your health insurance provider
  • [35:45]
    Gretchen’s superpower and secret strategy that likely gets her a “yes” when she wants things covered
  • [37:59]
    One question that will 9 out of 10 times make your provider cover for a claim they previously declined
  • [40:29]
    An important character trait you need to develop to successfully advocate for yourself

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About Misty Williams
& Healing Rosie

Misty Williams spent years struggling to reclaim her health and vitality after surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, life-threatening complications and an endometriosis diagnosis sent her into a brain fog and fatigue tailspin.
Her doctor told her that the only remedies for her issues were drugs and surgeries, that her labs were “normal” and she could “google” to learn more about what was happening to her body.
At 35 years old, Misty embarked on the fight for her quality of life, enduring many more challenges on her road to healing, including an unexplained 45-lb weight gain, debilitating brain fog, fatigue, hypothyroidism, and premature ovarian failure.
She founded HealingRosie.com to provide high-performing women with the resources an dcommunity to successfully confront the unexpected chronic health issues that women often experienced as they age.

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