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Report Defines Need for Patients' Voice in Healthcare Reform
Date:4/1/2009

Quality Healthcare Must Serve Individual Needs of Patients

CHICAGO, April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Quality healthcare must reinsert consumers as the primary decision makers for their healthcare, says a report published by the Center for Health Transformation (CHT). The 21st Century Intelligent Health System: An Individual-Centered Approach describes the necessary steps to reform our healthcare system to meet the individual needs of patients. The paper provides patient statements and examples of how the needs of patients and family members are being met, and suggests that higher quality care can be provided at a much lower price if the consumer disciplines the industry.

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"As a patient, I understand all too well what it is like to be left out of the discussion," said Lynette Bisconti, a patient advocate and cancer survivor. Bisconti was diagnosed with breast cancer three weeks after discovering she was pregnant.

"To beat cancer, save my baby and have a quality of life on par with what I had before cancer, I knew I needed to be actively involved in decisions about my medical care," Bisconti said. "These were my life and health goals - individual to me - and I needed my care team to understand what I valued most, to listen to me and respect my decisions about my cancer treatment."

The CHT paper makes a compelling case for healthcare reform that creates a system built around individual needs.

"The overriding difference from every other high quality reasonable cost industry and healthcare is that we have removed the co
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SOURCE Cancer Treatment Centers of America
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