A wise man should consider that health is the greatest
Hippocrates (460 BC - 377 BC)
Having health requires much more than just going to the doctor.
Losing it costs more than words can covey, including your way
of life, your income, and dreams your family built. Simple steps
learned now can protect it, but later no step may help. You need
to take action to make the healthcare system work for you. This is not easy, for it is awkward and broken in many places. But you can add much that it lacks. A new Rand Corporation study in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that healthcare is often deficient at all levels of income. We believe that an activist patient is a key part of the solution to this problem, whether you have good insurance or none.
your journey, and health affords your passage. As captain for your
ship of health, can you bring it through the challenges?
This site will guide you and teach you about the key needs
of healthcare, and how to find the right people to focus on your
health and coordinate care. For now it is about your strategy, rather
than a specific disease. Meeting this challenge, you can reach better
health, as well as save time and money. To become a power patient,
start in 10 Steps.
This is not easy. Even doctors encounter serious problems
with the system, do you, a regular patient, have a chance? We all
can greatly improve our healthcare. This site was inspired by a
surgeon who did research and taught, but was himself not diagnosed
and treated in time to avoid permanet injury. Here, we bring together experiences from both sides
of the healthcare system, to help you and your family. It was created
by a team, based on lessons from patients and physicians as patients.
Who better to help you learn how to "work the system"
than someone inside who understands its complexity?