Another feature in this issue, our interview with physician-turned-author Elisabeth Rosenthal, points out not only the value of better patient-physician relationships, but proposes a partnership by both parties to drive actual change in U.S. healthcare.
Physicians can—and should—advocate not only for themselves, but also their patients, who are often left bewildered by the process and price of maintaining their wellness. And, as Rosenthal points out, patients should advocate for doctors.
The physician-patient relationship has always been important, but now it is critical for caregivers and care-seekers to unite. The task is daunting, because the system needs repair.
But rather than sit by passively waiting for the next policy to determine their futures, physicians and patients must make a stand and remind others that they are critical components in healthcare today and should have a seat at the table where decisions affecting both are being made.
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Keith L. Martin is editorial director of Medical Economics. How are you “Fighting Back”? Tell us at [email protected].