Charles B. Inlander

Charles B. Inlander, a consumer advocate and health-care consultant based in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania. He was the founding president of the nonprofit People’s Medical Society, a consumer-advocacy organization credited with key improvements in the quality of US health care, and is the author or coauthor of more than 20 consumer-health books.


How to Get to Yes When Medicare Advantage Says No

Don’t assume “no” is the final word. Here’s how you can fight back and win your claim.


Making Sense Out of Medical Studies

News reports on medical studies often leave people more confused than informed. Here’s how to get to the truth…


Is Your Doctor’s Office Good Enough for a Seal of Approval?

Should you be impressed when a health-care provider touts an “accreditation” and seal of approval? Here’s what all those “credentials” really mean.

Health Care Facilities

Smart Ways to Use Urgent Care

Urgent care centers are springing up across the US. Here’s when you should—and should not—use one of these centers.


Does Your Insurance Company Know Too Much About You?

Health insurance companies can retain your medical records under certain circumstances. Here’s what they can do with your private health info.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance Gets Even Trickier

If you don’t have the right health insurance, a serious illness can put you in the poor house. Here’s what to watch out for during open enrollment…

Health Care Professionals

Has Your Doctor’s License Ever Been Revoked? Here’s How to Tell

Just because your doctor has a license to practice in your state doesn't mean he/she hasn't had a problem in a different state. How to find out...


When You’re Out of Treatments, “Right to Try” Isn’t Your Only Hope

When a pwerson is terminally ill and has exhausted al lthe FDA-approved treatments, "Right to Try" laws aren't the only option...


Make Sure Your “Free Checkup” Really Is Free

Medicare and the Affordable Care Act tout their "free" services. But you can end up paying (a lot!) unless you know how to get what you're entitled to.

Medical Expenses

New Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs

Here are some new tools in the fight to pay less for the medication you need.


Check That Medical Bill

Mistakes on your medical bill are not just a problem for your insurance company. They could be costing you money!


How to Choose the Right Medical Advocate

There may be times when you can't make your own medical decisions, so it's crucial to designate a trustworthy person. Here, some points to consider...

Health Care Professionals

How to Get the Most from Online Doctor Reviews

Nearly 60% of patients say online doctor reviews are important when choosing a physician, but they do have shortcomings. Get the most from this online tool.

The Advocator

We’re Mad As Hell and You Should Be, Too!

Almost EIGHT years, ago we published an eye-opening report titled Does Your Physician Have a Hidden Conflict of Interest? In…

Charitable Giving

Does That Health Charity Spend Your Donation Wisely?

Is that health charity using your donation the way you intend…or is it heavy with administrative costs and pricey fundraisers? Here’s how to find out.

Health Care Professionals

Is Your Hospital Hiring Freelance Doctors?

More and more hospitals–and some large medical practices–are hiring doctors on a freelance basis. Here’s what you need to know.


Be Smart with Your Medicare Options

When it comes to Medicare, you’ve got some options. Here’s what to consider, and when you might want to make changes to your current plan.


When Medical Opinions Conflict

If you’ve got a medical problem, you need to feel certain that your doctor knows what’s wrong with you and…

Medical Expenses

Tips to Save Big on Generic Medications

If you’re interested in saving money on your health-care expenses—and who isn’t?—using generic prescription drugs is a great approach. Studies…

Health Care Facilities

How to Get the Best Care at the “New” Hospital

Hospitals are undergoing massive changes in the way that they deliver care to patients. Here's how to make the most of these new options...