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The other day I announced my new skin cancer diagnosis and discussed how I’ll blog my approach to it as an e-patient.
I’ve decided to explore my options by doing what companies do when they’re shopping for a solution: they write a Request for Proposals, and let vendors reply. But in this case what I published isn’t cast in stone – I invite discussion and suggestions. And, significantly, I start with the context: partnership; participatory medicine –
I’m approaching this through an RFP process because I believe in “participatory medicine,” in which patients play an active and responsible role in all aspects of healthcare. I believe patients should play an active role in making care more cost-effective and patient-centered, by being responsible about costs and by saying what they want.
Here’s the RFP, in Google Docs. At top right of that page there’s a place to leave comments, or discuss here. Thanks for helping!
Update: This triggered an enormous amount of discussion on social media, additional posts here (with the results of my shopping), and even an article four years later in the New York Times, which I posted about with additional thoughts and resources.
Additional posts about trying to be a responsible shopper for healthcare:
4/25/13: The reality of shopping for health insurance (pre-Obamacare)
And my oldest posts about trying to understand health costs … note, not a thing has improved as of this update in 2019: