Healthcare Reform is Simple

Healthcare reform is simple. Put patients first!

Make patients much more powerful and uncaring third parties such as the government and insurance companies far less powerful.

Information is power for patients, so we (doctors, nurses, patients, patient advocates, all allied healthcare professionals, etc.) must give patients complete transparency.

Transparency means two things: 1) complete price transparency and 2) understandable treatment transparency. 

To make treatment transparency understandable it needs to be quantified.

Quantified treatment transparency means putting a numerical value on the treatment for the outcome measure important to the patient. 

Once we make patients more powerful, and give them price transparency and quantified treatment transparency, healthcare will finally be disrupted in favor of patients. Patients may need to take these things - price transparency and product transparency - instead of waiting to be given these things! Be your own best healthcare advocate. 

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