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.

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Has Your Doctor’s License Ever Been Revoked?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...

Medications

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...

Wellness

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.

Advocacy

Check That Medical Bill

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

Advocacy

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.

Medicare

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.

Advocacy

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...

Surgery

Watch Out for Depression After Surgery

Last year, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Two days later, I underwent five and a half hours of…

Health Care Facilities

How to Find the Best Cancer Care

Hospitals—especially the bigger regional medical centers—are in an all-out war for your business. Whether it’s in a TV ad or…

Surgery

Does Your Surgeon Double-Book?

Let’s say you’ve been told that you need surgery. Fortunately, you’ve been referred to the “best” surgeon in your area…

Advocacy

How To Get Your Medical Test Results Much Faster

Sometimes, waiting for your medical test results can cause more anxiety than the actual findings. That’s particularly true if you…

Insurance

Surprise! Your Insurance Doesn’t Cover That

Joe, a friend of mine, recently had chest pain and went to a nearby emergency room to get checked out.…