What changes are needed to American health care? Add your voice.

“Insurance should be not for profit”

“It is disgusting that I have had to change doctors three times”

“We need our Congress to be under the same insurance the general public had”

Take the anonymous survey – only five questions.

It’s your money. You should have a say in how it is spent.

You are aware of some of the problems in health care. But you may not know how many doctors are frustrated with the practice of medicine – frustrated enough to leave the profession. We already have a shortage of doctors in the United States, and that shortage threatens to become much worse unless something changes.

  • More than half of physicians report burnout, and the prevalence is increasing.
  • Half of primary care doctors would seriously consider leaving medicine in the next three years if they had an alternative.
  • Almost half of doctors said that they were considering retiring within the next five years as a result of changes in health care.

“Nearly every month now, another one of my most brilliant physician colleagues (from Stanford, Yale, Johns Hopkins, UCLA, and Harvard) leaves his medical practice.” Melinda Hakim, M.D.

Many doctors find it more difficult every year to practice quality medicine. Multiple factors encroach on the doctor-patient relationship, but one is that time to spend with patients continues to shrink.

I believe the only way this will change is for doctors and patients to address the issue together.

In the boxes below are two forms that you can print out and take to your doctor to discuss what patients can do. I hope you will join us in finding solutions.

Let’s Fix Health Care.

Karen Ritchie, M.D.