Health Advocates

Health Advocate Speaks with Physician

Health advocates, also known as patient representatives and patient advocates, work with and on behalf of patients to resolve issues ranging from getting insurance coverage to dealing with complaints about the medical staff to explaining a doctor's treatment plan. In addition to patients, health advocates often interact with physicians, hospitals, health maintenance organizations, insurance companies, and government agencies, to name a few. Advocates are employed by hospitals, nonprofit groups, and other health facilities, such as nursing homes. They also may work as independent contractors.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Consumer Health Advocates, Patient Advocates, Patient Representatives
Duties Act in best interest of patients; negotiate with health care facilities, doctors, and insurance companies on behalf of patients; work with government health care agencies
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; greater opportunities available in major metropolitan centers
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Speech
Experience Volunteer or part-time experience in a hospital or health care facility; on-the-job training; internship
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Public Speaking
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Health Advocacy Writer/Leader
  • Health Advocacy Manager/Administrator
  • Health Advocate