Resources for Advocating for Access

Part of being able to access the technology is financial access. In a third party payer system, a government or insurance agency is making a financial coverage decision. It is important to have resources to help with either building the case to access or a case for an appeal to a coverage decision. Access also includes regulatory actions. Here are some resources.

 

WikiSTIM
• This a searchable database of published data in this field. The goals of WIKISTIM are to improve patient care and the quality of research reports, foster communication, reveal research needs, and support the practice of evidence–based medicine. To search you will need to create a free user name and password.


Patient Advocate Foundation
• This service provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.


U.S. Food & Drug Administration Medical Devices for Consumers
• The U.S. regulatory agency page dedicated to consumrs of medical devices.


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