It Is Time To Reclaim Patients’ Rights
There has been endless talk of changing our healthcare system, but no one seems to know where or how to begin. We believe those most affected, e.g. the patients, are the ones with the most effective answers. It is time for patients to reclaim their rights to become equal partners in the delivery of health care. To succeed, they must organize. Patients for Change United seeks to provide the means for that to happen. We begin here, our gathering place, a model, replicable, website, where patients can unite, tell their stories, share ideas for change, find patient friendly services and begin the task of finding positive solutions to the current healthcare crisis.
The challenge is to put a stop to patients being dehumanized and left on their own resources. Instead, we will provide a safe place where participants can work together to restore their individual rights and find the courage to stand up and let the world know what is happening to them. Together, they can make changes in the ways in which health care is currently being delivered and find solutions that work. Patients and their supporters are well-positioned to answer the call. Our goal is to humanize healthcare and make quality care a real possibility. Individually we will be ignored, but united we become a formidable force for change. Patientsforchange.org is our gathering place. Here, patients and their supporters can unite, tell their stories, share ideas for change, find innovative patient-centered services, like-minded community supporters and leaders. We are The Bay Area Online Community for Healthcare Reform.
Our Comprehensive Approach
Primary care, the gateway to the healthcare system, is where change must begin. Because there is a severe shortage of doctors, we propose to change the system by replacing primary care physicians with a patient-focused personalized care alternative, staffed by nurse practitioners, available residents and/or other qualified professionals with special training in the job skills needed to become patient advocates, which includes their role as medical liaisons. These personalized caregivers will become patient’s individual go-to problem solvers from the day they enter the system.
We plan to offer personalized care training classes at local Bay Area community colleges and have developed a cancer self-care and healing group model ready to begin recruiting patients. Reforming primary care and giving patients the attention and care they deserve will go far in changing the way patients are currently being treated. Patients are not consumers, they are fellow human beings. Our mission is to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs, treatment duplication, misdiagnoses, medical overuse, overcharging and limits on choice. We will fight to establish fair and consistent medical services for all, regardless of ethnicity, race, age, gender, sexual, class or disabled identity and not just the lucky few. By organizing for change, we can offer patients the kind of healing personalized support they once had and still deserve.
Our Mission Is To Put Patients Back In Charge
Throughout her life, Dr. Susan Wright designed and directed programs focused on filling the unmet needs of multiethnic women and children, some of which attracted both local and national attention. However, it was personal experience as a patient that led her to write Patient’s Health Care Survival Guide, which called public attention to the dehumanization of patients in our healthcare system and became the catalyst for Patients for Change. Our mission is to put patients back in charge of their own healthcare and to become the inspiration for a national movement.
The traditionally close ties between patient, doctor and community have been replaced with a cold and mechanical for-profit medical business model. Patients for Change proposes a new model that breaks down the wall between physicians and patients by advocating for a Patient Support Unit where trained patients, advocates, nurse practitioners and non-traditional professional caregivers act as liaisons to medical service providers. Our organization provides access to participating community support and leadership units, as well as training programs. Our goal is to be able to give each patient their own personal keys to recovery and self-reliance.