About Patients For Change

The Beginning

Patients Healthcare Survival Guide, by Susan Wright PhD, was a prelude to the founding of Patients for Change. It is the story of what happened to a formerly healthy psychotherapist/social advocate who unexpectedly found herself a patient on a three trillion-dollar managed healthcare assembly line where medical personnel were paid set fees per patient and all aspects of medical care were coordinated by primary care physicians with no time to spend listening to patients.  Misdiagnosed, subjected to endless and risky medical procedures and tests with no diagnosis in sight, she was trapped within a system where patients were treated as products (machines in need of repair) instead of living, breathing fellow human beings. To save her life, it was clear that Dr. Wright would need to use her professional healing skills to restore her ability to fight back. Among them, Thought Field energy tapping was the most rapid, effective, and easy to learn. If she recovered, she wanted to find a way to share her skills with other patients currently, formerly, or about to be caught up in the same situation.

However, the problem was national.  The healthcare for-profit business had to be reformed. Patients were not commodities, they were living, breathing, human beings. One patient, fighting for change, could not solve the problem. On the other hand, there were millions of patients, families and disgruntled medical workers affected. Meanwhile, she could write about her experience, sound the alarm, and let the public know how healthcare patients were being treated. The Bay Area would be an excellent place to begin. It has always been a center of innovation, change, and advocacy in America. Together, like-minded advocates could create a grassroots movement and reclaim the patient’s right to become an equal partner in the delivery of healthcare. And that is what has happened. Welcome to the Patients for Change United Bay Area Online Community for Healthcare Reform.  Join Us! We may all be patients one day.

Our Change Agents

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Dr. Susan Wright
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Patient, licensed psychotherapist, author, trainer and social activist.
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Goran Kovacevic
PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER
Cyber Security Consultant and former Chief Enterprise Architect for Visa.
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Gloria Strimpel
VICE PRESIDENT
New Business Development for Cort/Workplace.
18 Years in Professional Sales Management

Giving Birth To A New Approach

Patients are not commodities they are human beings. The myth of patient-centered, for profit healthcare is at odds with the truth. It is time for a different approach. 

Patients for Change Manifesto

  • To find ways for patients to care for themselves on their own terms.
  • To see that Primary Care becomes personalized care conducted by medical advocates who patient’s needs first.
  • To promote, not duplicate or replace them.
  • To bring the community together around a common goal; advocating for quality care.
  • To call public attention to the problems managed health care patients are facing.
  • To create a public forum where patients and supporters can be heard.
  • To offer patient-centered off and onsite educational wellness and healing programs, giving them the opportunity to evaluate, approve or critique existing programs while focusing on solutions.
  • To ensure that all programs promote fairness and everyone is treated equally, regardless of age, gender, racial or ethnic identity, disability, social or political status.
  • To organize patients, supporters, Medicare and Medi-Cal recipients, veterans and others whose healthcare is inadequate and/or being threatened and give them a Bay Area voice.

Patient Advocacy Committees

Patients for Change offers support networks comprised of Change Agents who help patients take their healthcare back into their own hands, establishing the fruitful connections with doctors and medical experts that make healthcare worthwhile.

Leadership Forums: We will invite outstanding volunteer leaders from mental health, education,  medicine, media, corporations, the underserved populations, and others, to lend us their expertise on future planning and development.

Volunteers are Change Agents: Patients for Change and our website were created by dedicated volunteers. People who care are the heart of our organization. We need your help, ideas and expertise to plan and carry out events, sign up community organizations for our One-Click community support Grid, help with office and public relations activities, represent us at fairs and speaking engagements, prepare newsletters and much more. We value your talents, energy, and desire to make change happen.’

We Need Your Help