With medical errors a leading cause of death in the United States, now more than ever people are thinking about the possibility of becoming patients. “We can’t always expect the healthcare providers to get it right,” explains Ilene Corina, President of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy, a lead organization for The TakeCHARGE Campaign. “Preparing to become a patient is like putting on a seat belt not because you can’t drive, but because of what other drivers might do by mistake.”
The TakeCHARGE Campaign encourages people to follow the 5 Steps to Safer Health Care to help avoid medical errors and be better prepared to be patients. When people who have followed the 5 Steps do get sick, they have a better chance of proper care and better outcomes.
Now with finances a part of the national crisis, people are thinking about financial struggles.
Two-thirds of people who file for bankruptcy cite medical issues as a key contributor to their financial downfall. Carolann De La Osa, an insurance agent with Bankers Life, explains why she became a sponsor of TakeCHARGE. “I know that people don’t want to think about their health care or how that might affect their future, but they can easily go hand in hand.” De La Osa meets with people before tragedy strikes to help them plan their financial future. “If I can help make an impact on this Campaign by offering my services, I want to be available for people, to at least answer their questions.”