Good quality health care is important to all of us, but it is especially critical for patients with multiple chronic conditions.
People with multiple health problems are especially vulnerable to avoidable, dangerous and often-costly health problems exacerbated - or even caused - by fragmentation in our health care system. That's because patients and their families must struggle to get doctors to talk to each other and coordinate their care; take responsibility for ensuring that drugs prescribed by different doctors don't interact in dangerous ways; and track their own medical information to avoid duplicate tests and procedures.
In the wealthiest nation in the world, it's just not right that older people -- who are often the sickest and most vulnerable -- are not getting the health care they need and so often are left to fend for themselves.
Instead, wouldn't it be great if doctors worked together as a team, medical records were at our fingertips, and patients got the care they needed?
Sign this pledge and add your name to a growing movement of people who envision a health care system that is more efficient, more affordable, and more focused on patients.
I think that we can improve our broken health care system and help vulnerable people get the care they deserve and avoid costly and dangerous complications that result from a lack of coordination between doctors, hospitals and other health care institutions.