It's time to do something about Health Care. We have much to be proud of but there are also serious problems with our health care system; they are getting worse and we need to do something about them. That's why Congress and the President created the Citizens' Health Care Working Group - to hear what you think and then send to the President and Congress a citizens' roadmap about how to make health care work for all Americans. By participating with the Working Group you can have an inside track to influence the deliberations of Congress and the President. Don't miss your chance.Here's how you can get involved and make your concerns known:
* Share your thoughts, concerns, suggestions, and stories about health care in the US. Contact the Working Group at CitizensHealth@ahrq.gov, or fill out the online questionnaire.
* Attend a community meeting. These are being held all over the country starting January 2006.
* Contact the Working Group to let them know your concerns, opinions, and suggestions. They can be reached by mail at Citizens' Health Care Working Group, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 575, Bethesda, MD 20814; by phone at 301-443-1502 and by email at CitizensHealth@ahrq.gov.
* Host a community meeting of your own and deliver the thoughts of your group to Congress. For help in engaging your organization or group, contact Jessica Federer at 301.443.1521 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Learn more about healthcare through the The Health Report to the American People and other resources.
The US health care system offers lots of good services, but it is also expensive, wasteful, and inefficient. In addition, because of geographic, economic, cultural and other barriers, millions of people don't have access to health and medical care. For example, over 45 million people have no health insurance.
Here's yet another opportunity to hold your elected officials accountable and push for the changes that will benefit us all. I am hopeful that our participation in this project and others will improve access to good health care. Participation certainly won't hurt, and it's the right thing to do. Let your voice be heard.
"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." - Martin Luther King, Jr.