- Shimon Waldfogel
- Elkins Park, PA
- United States
What can we do as citizens, not just consumers or patients, to improve quality, cost and access to healthcare services for all American?
The American healthcare system is sick, and is getting more and more critical by the day. The symptoms are severe. 1. unsustainable costs for individuals and families leading to personal bankruptcies and inability to get needed care 2. escalating expenditures by local and the federal government that deprive funding from other important priorities such as education and infrastructure 3. escalating federal expenditures for healthcare that increase the national debt to unacceptable levels 4. lack of insurance coverage for too many Americans leading to increased cost of healthcare services for all of us 5. poor safety and quality performance that leads to tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths and injuries.
It is clear to most Americans that politicians, driven by their need to serve small ideological groups as well as well funded stakeholders and interest groups, will not help us achieve the needed solutions. The will do all they can to maintain the status quo.
What can we as citizens do to overcome the barriers to a more effective healthcare system?
Closing Statement from Shimon Waldfogel
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
It is clear from the talk and comments that we are not satisfied leaving it to politicians to simply bandage our broken healthcare system.
Our political leaders, working within a toxic and highly polarized political system, are proving incapable of providing needed solutions.
It has become clear to me and many others that healing our healthcare system will be up to each one of us—not only by voting, but by getting involved to change the course of our nation.
That is why I created Citizens4Health, an organization motivated by the belief that citizen engagement will contribute to solutions to the big problems that confront our nation. Citizens4Health invites citizens to imagine and engage in a process that brings about a sustainable healthcare system that provides excellent, affordable and accessible services to all Americans.
On October 20th, 2102 we will formally launch Citizens4Health with an event called Health of the Nation. The inaugural Health of the Nation will highlight a treatment to help cure our sick healthcare system. Many of the ideas of the commentators will be used.
Learn about our organization and events at www.citizens4health.org/Health-of-the-Nation