To Improve Health And Healthcare, We Need To Start Asking…

Apparently, this was one of the questions for TEDMED. You can see the Twitter results using hashtag (#ideaempowered).

How would you answer?

Here’s a few of my thoughts:

  • Why? Question unnecessary tests. Question use of a brand drug when a generic equivalent is available.
  • How can I get help? We need to figure out how to engage the system and the resources that are there for us.
  • WIIFM (what’s in it for me)? We need to require healthcare companies to deliver information in a way that allows us to understand how our decisions impact our overall goals.
  • What are the alternatives? If we get prescribed a drug, do we know what our alternatives are – drugs, exercise, diet, alternative therapy?

How would you finish the statement?

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