Patients can be part of the solution, we just need to let them in

Mark Duman’s latest blog argues that many patients, when appropriately informed, educated and supported, can become a value to the system, and to wider society, and not just a cost.  An asset and not just a deficit.  Mark points out that in health care, we’re continuing to (unwittingly) make ourselves and our patients dependent on a system we increasingly can’t afford to fund.  We keep providing the fish when we really need to start teaching people to fish themselves.  

Click here to read Mark’s blog which raises the question, will we ever systematically let patients, carers and others in?

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