Heard on the street (and on the phone, and during and in-person conversation, and by text….)
IFs and THENs:
If [the healthcare system] was just ______, then ______ !
You’ll have your own variations to fill in there, like:
- If healthcare was less expensive, then more people could get care!
- If doctors would spend more time with me, then I could get my questions answered!
- If insurance would just cover it, then my client could get the treatment she needs!
- If there were more specialists to cover my ailment, then I wouldn’t have to wait so long for an appointment!
…. and the list goes on and on.
In the 15 years I’ve been working in patient empowerment and advocacy, I have been asked hundreds of times to work on fixing those kinds of problems. I’ve been invited to Washington, DC. I’ve been asked to sit on committees, I’ve been hired as a consultant…