The next few years will see unprecedented consolidation of hospitals and physician groups, wielding enormous economic power and social and political influence. Without a grassroots movement advocating for the health needs of patients and communities, these mega-institutions are unlikely to invest in the policies and infrastructure that best serve the interests of the community.
Who will lead the charge to transform healthcare?
"The Lown Institute, along with Choosing Wisely, the BMJ, the “true believers.” They’re all taking the lead on this. The Lown Institute, in particular, is terrific. But I think the main hope for change won’t come from the true believers like Lown. It’s the public. The public needs to know that going to the doctor might not be helpful. They should be aware of the misleading information and incentives of doctors, drug and device makers. We all must play a crucial role in providing good information to the public."
As a seasoned medical writer that has written within and for industry these words resonated with me and realigned my writing career towards grassroots advocacy and open discourse. I will be traveling to the conference and will be sharing insights, interviews, and the latest advocacy efforts here. If you have content needs that would benefit from these game-changing discussions please link to the agenda and reach out to me for your bespoke content..
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