"Health reform is law, but in some ways the hardest work is just beginning," said National Partnership President Debra L. Ness. "As we implement reform, we need to focus on improving communication and coordination of care, putting medical records at patients’ fingertips through better technology, and ending the poor communication, duplication and waste that plague our system now. Reform has put solutions within reach for the first time, but implementation is key if we are to realize its promise for those who need it most — patients who are older and have multiple health problems."
The Campaign for Better Care was formed to ensure that the reformed health care system provides the comprehensive, coordinated, patient- and family-centered care that older adults and individuals with multiple health problems need. It is guided by a broad-based Steering Committee comprised of leaders of some of the nation’s most powerful groups, and a diverse Consumer Coalition with more than 100 national, state and local organizations that are coming together for the first time ever to work on this set of issues.
See the ad here. A national survey of Americans age 50 or older, conducted by Lake Research Partners in March for the Campaign for Better Care, finds that three in four respondents (74 percent) have wished that their doctors talked and shared information with each other. Millions have experienced problems related to a lack of communication and coordination:
- 47 percent of heavy users of the health care system, and one in three people age 50 or older, say their doctors do not talk to them about potential interactions with other drugs or over-the-counter medications when they prescribe new medications.
- 36 percent of heavy users of the health care system, and 20 percent of people age 50 or older, say they have received conflicting information from different doctors.
- One in eight (13 percent) respondents has had to redo a test or procedure because the doctor or hospital did not have the earlier results.
- 29 percent of respondents have had to act as a communicator between doctors who weren’t talking to each other.
- Three-quarters of heavy users of the health care system (76 percent) have left a doctor’s office or hospital confused about what to do at home.
Learn more about the public opinion survey and the Campaign for Better Care, and read stories of patients who need better care, at www.CampaignForBetterCare.org.
About the National Partnership
The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group dedicated to promoting fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality, affordable health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. More information is available at NationalPartnership.org.