The Medical Paperwork Nightmare

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Paperwork is the worst! And medical paperwork is the worst of the worst!

I hear this all the time. But if you separate it from all other papers and look at it objectively, IT’S NOT SO BAD.

Get started by pulling out any paperwork dealing with anything medical and separating it for each family member. Separate health insurance information out. Discard anything you no longer need.

What’s left? The bills. This is where you will need to decide if you are going to itemize these on your taxes. If you do, then make up a folder where these will be stored until tax time. If not, once the bill is paid you no longer need the paperwork.

For current medical bills, that may be going through the payment process, keep an active folder which you need to review often.

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In addition, a few more things you’ll want to do to be prepared for the future. Make a list of every doctor that your family works with and keep it somewhere handy. Include name, address, contact information. Make a list of all medications, prescriptions, allergies, and surgeries for each family member.

This work is so critical if you or a family member has a chronic and major illness. Getting your family’s medical paperwork in order will give you peace of mind. We can help you achieve paper nirvana! Give us a call to see how we can help.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization.

She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client.

Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

14 Comments

  1. Janet Barclay on October 3, 2019 at 6:54 am

    I find insurance paperwork (of any sort) to be a challenge. Every time they send a renewal notice or other update, I stick it in the file, and rarely take a moment to discard the older version. As a result, the file is thick and full of irrelevant documents. It doesn’t help that each mailing is 10-12 pages long either!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 6:55 am

      Janet, you’re right. Keeping up with these papers or purging the files once in a while can help.

  2. Jonda Beattie on May 9, 2022 at 7:43 am

    It seems the older I get the more doctors I have. I make a folder for each doctor and staple their business card on the tab.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 6:56 am

      Stapling the doctor’s business card is a good idea.

  3. Laura on May 9, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Great tips for getting organized. Paperwork can so easily get out of hand if you don’t have systems for organization in place – and medical files and bills are too important to misplace!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 6:57 am

      You are right and it’s what I see most often with our paper organizing jobs.

  4. Sabrina Quairoli on May 9, 2022 at 8:56 am

    It is so important to do this, especially when you are using it for taxes. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 6:59 am

      Yes, you are right. Some medical paperwork needs to be saved for taxes and sometimes it’s hard to know what to keep.

  5. Linda Samuels on May 9, 2022 at 9:30 am

    The tax rules have dramatically changed in the last few years, which means that unless your medical expenses are really high, they probably won’t be deductible. But even so, it’s still valuable to keep medical history records of each family member. My mom is now gone, but I used to carry a list of all her medications, diagnoses, surgeries, etc… so when I talked with her doctors or if she was in the hospital, I had it as a reference. I used it a lot.

    Most appreciate the nudge to get those histories in order and updated.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 7:01 am

      It is suggested that people keep medical test results and history records just for this reason. It’s gotten better over the years. Now doctor’s offices are better connected with each other to get the information.

  6. Seana Turner on May 9, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Many of my clients struggle with having some medical paperwork in paper/tangible form, whereas other documents are now online. This whole thing is so challenging, especially for those with chronic illness who visit lots of doctors. I almost feel managing this process is an organizing subspecialty. Hmmm… maybe a conference topic?

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 7:03 am

      Good idea Seana. We could always use an update lesson and some tips.

  7. Diane N Quintana on May 9, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    I agree – medical paperwork is a bear! My mother was in and out of the hospital during a two-year period. I found a wonderful person to handle all the paperwork for us. She was a godsend. Having help with this brought us such peace of mind.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 10, 2022 at 7:04 am

      There are experts on this topic. If you need help, usually a doctor’s office has someone who can help or answer questions, but they won’t manage everything for you.

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