Kris Nordgren Posted over 2 years ago "WHY is the patient the most under-used resource in healthcare?? How did that happen?" (Follow-up to LIVE TED Conversation July 27) I haven't had time to read all comments but I wonder if one of the reasons patients are under-utilized as a resource is because they are ILL? People who are in pain, fatigued, depressed, etc. are in no position to be empowered and informed. They may struggle to find the energy, concentration, and stamina needed to educate and diagnose themselves, not to mention stand up to a doctor and convince them to take note and pay attention. The worst kinds of rare, lingering, chronic and wasting diseases are difficult to diagnose and really take a lot out of the patient. It should be the doctor's job to investigate what is wrong, with caring, compassion and competence.