Millions of Americans suffer needlessly because our health care system does not provide coordinated, quality care to those who need it most. Our most vulnerable patients – older adults with multiple health problems and their families – are not getting the health care they need and deserve. Consider this:
• 78% of Americans age 55 and older are dealing with at least one chronic health condition like diabetes, heart disease or dementia.
• And older adults with five or more chronic health conditions have an average of 37 doctor visits, see 14 different doctors, and get 50 separate prescriptions each year.
From harmful drug interactions to duplicate tests and procedures to conflicting diagnoses and contradictory medical instructions, the system is failing millions of us.
There is a better way. Doctors should talk to one another, medical records should be at our fingertips, and patients (and their families) should not have to fend for themselves.
The Campaign for Better Care is working in partnership with patients, families, health care providers, hospitals and others to advance a “Vision for Better Care.”
Tell Congress today to Adopt a Vision for Better Care.