I've been having an interesting conversation with folks on two other blogs about how to get the public involved in transforming our healthcare system: One is on The Health Care Blog(toward the bottom of the comments section) and the other is on the Healthvoices.
Issues we've discussed include:
- How to define a sensible rallying point -- something the public can understand and support, and something that is powerful enough to withstand the push-back from the mighty self-interests gaining from the status quo who will resist such change.
- What must be done for patients/consumers to feel confident and secure in the belief that they do/will receive the best possible care when sick -- tailored to their particular needs, characteristics, and preferences -- which is delivered in a safe, timely, and efficient (cost-effective) manner.
- How to help the public learn about and understand the serious problems with our broken healthcare system and collaborate to come up with possible solutions.
- How to empower patients/consumers to have an informed and meaningful say in their own health and healthcare.