It really is all about patients. At least it could and should be.
There is a lot of talk these days about things like “patient centered medical homes”. Great concepts, but patients are still not usually part of the design process(!?). To build a working system patients have to have voice and control. In the existing system they have neither. So…we are Americans…and we need to seize our destiny. So…we have set up a non-profit organization to become the patient voice. There is still a lot of work to do. But patients need to be telling the government and insurers and other players how they expect healthcare to work. And they need to be in a position to do something about it and make things happen.
All this political back and forth in Washington about health care is laughable relative to real innovation and designing a working system. They are just arguing about how to shuffle the dollars around in a non-system that isn’t what it could or should be in any sense. The action is where the patients are — or it can be. We must be organized…strategic, we won’t sit down and shut up any more. Activism is a beautiful thing when we come together to help each other and overcome barriers and bureaucracy to fight for the common good and for future generations.
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To your health and happiness!