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Top Ten Contributing Factors for the "Role of the Patient"

National Consumers League's Rebecca Burkholder shares her thoughts factors impacting the patient role.
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Transcript of Top Ten Contributing Factors for the "Role of the Patient"

Rebecca Burkholder National Consumers League
Question 1.
Top Ten Contributing Factors For the
"Role of the Patient"

Universal health care is a long standing passion of the National Consumers League. Josephine Roche, NCL’s president in the late 1930s, wrote the first universal health care legislative proposal while a member of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration.
#1
Universal Health Care

A network of family and friends for the patient
#8
Social Support

#2
The Provider-Patient Relationship

Educating and engaging consumers of all ages on health issues is important
#3
Engagement and
Education

Key to an engaged patient
#4
Ensuring our medicines are safe and effective
Safe Medicines
Medication Adherence: The Other Drug Problem
Ten factors that affect patients and how they interact with and navigate the health care system.
Patient-Centered Health Care: A Prescription for Success
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, establishing comprehensive health insurance reforms that would roll out over four years to expand coverage, close insurance loopholes, make insurance fair and:
Prohibit the denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions

Provide 50% discount for name-brand drugs in the Medicare "donut hole"

Young adults up to the age of 26 can remain covered under their parents' insurance.

Covers preventive care

Give tax credits to help pay for insurance

And more!
A Great Day in History: The Affordable Care Act Becomes Law
http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html
Great Initiatives Educating Young Consumers on Health
National Consumers League's LifeSmarts Program has special tools to teach teens to take care of their health
#9
The Role (and Goal) of Prevention

#10
Information (Overload)

How can consumers sift through all the medical information and find out what's right?
89% of internet users look online for health information.
24% of internet users have consulted online reviews of particular drugs or medical treatments.
18% of internet users have gone online to find others who might have health concerns similar to theirs (especially those living with chronic diseases and rare conditions).
- Pew Internet & American Life Project
#7
Health Care Costs

Did You Know?

88% of adults aged 16 and older have trouble reading health information.

1 out of 5 American adults read at the 5th grade level or below.

The average American adult reads at the 8th to 9th grade level.

Low literacy is linked to poor health outcomes, like increased hospitalizations.
What is Health Literacy?
The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
- Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop
"Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them!"
Take the Pledge to take your Meds!
http://scriptyourfuture.org/pledge/
Health Care Professionals need to talk to their patients about medication adherence
http://www.justfacts.com/healthcare.asp
The rising price of health care is a hurdle for many people -- real for some, perceived for others. And under treated patients just end up costing the system more.

In 2010, the average health care spending was $8,000, 55x higher than in 1960.
47 million individuals went uninsured in 2011 and cost the average insured family an extra $1100.
http://familiesusa.org/issues/uninsured/
http://quiz.kff.org/uninsured/uninsured-quiz.aspx
Think you know all about the uninsured?
Take this quiz to find out!
And for more resources:
http://www.healthcare.gov/using-insurance/low-cost-care/index.html
Preventive health care- eating right, living a healthy lifestyle, making smart choices, and seeking regular care before we get sick- should be goals we all strive for.
8 Years to Go! Healthy People 2020: Commitment to Improving Health by 2020
Goals:
Identify nationwide health improvement priorities.
Increase public awareness
Provide measurable objectives and goals at the national, State, and local levels.
Engage individuals to strengthen policies and improve evidenced-based practices.
Just think about how things have changed...
What it must have been like to be a health care consumer in, say 1912, instead of 2012.
Our access to constantly-evolving health care -- and information (and misinformation) about our options -- is amazing and often overwhelming. Our 24-hour-ability to log on, search symptoms, compare stories, self-diagnose has presented opportunities and hazards to optimal health care.
It All Starts with You, The Patient...
Health Literacy
#5
#6
A Problem That We Need to Solve
Yet MOST health care materials are written above the 10th grade reading level.
Provides tools to help patients manage their health with their health care team.
Health Information Technology
Almost half of all Americans are regularly taking a prescription drug
About 4 billion prescriptions a year written for Americans
Over 100,000 Over-the-Counter drug products available
Food And Drug Administration
http://www.fda.gov/default.htm
More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one.
Family caregivers provide support to patients, and they need support as well.
Can You Read Your Drug Facts Label?
http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/who_are_family_caregivers/care_giving_statstics.cfm
Think You Know All About the Uninsured?
Take this quiz to find out?
http://quiz.kff.org/uninsured/uninsured-quiz.aspx

For more resources:
http://www.healthcare.gov/using-insurance/low-cost-care/index.html
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