We The Patients is a project to empower patients to advocate for OUR health care. A space to amplify you – the consumer’s voice – to share your stories that relate to lack of access, high cost, and quality of your health care. This is a digital platform for you to share your experiences, concerns, and thoughts on how together, we can improve the health system in New York.
Want to be even more engaged? Become a patient advocate. Work with us to create real policy change in New York. From signing a petition to calling a decision maker, we will provide you in-person advocacy trainings, and take you on trips to Albany to talk with state policy makers to advocate for change. Whatever level of engagement you feel comfortable with, we will act as a catalyst for your empowerment.
We The Patients is led by YOU. Members of the Community Service Society of New York are helping lead the initiative.
Emily Dore – We The Patients Digital Organizer
Jim Guest – We The Patients Volunteer Manager
Chuck Bell – We The Patients Advisor
Claudia Knafo – We The Patients Advisor
Amy Shefrin – We The Patients Advisor
Elisabeth Ryden Benjamin – We The Patients Co-Chair
David Jones – We The Patients Co-Chair
We The Patients is graciously funded by the New York State Health Foundation.
To learn more about the inspiration of this project (and a great read!) please check out Elisabeth Rosenthal’s An American Sickness.
Grassroots group to fight medical debt collection, surprise bills – Crain’s New York Business
Some local patients pay 10 times more than others for a common blood test – Crain’s New York Business
Abierto un espacio en la red para quejas sobre el sistema de salud – El Diario
We Have to Solve This Problem – Manhattan Times
Patients urged to share billing frustrations, organize to shape health policy – Beckers Hospital Review
URBAN AGENDA: Giving Patients A Voice in the Health Care Policy Debate – New York Amsterdam News
What the proposed patient advocate office means for city hospitals– Crain’s New York Business
How to get involved
We The Patients is powered by patient voices. Similar to other empowerment projects like Bill of the Month and Paying Till It Hurts, we are here to give you a platform to share your stories with other patients. Please get involved with our current campaigns.
Tell us your experience, tell us your concerns, tell us what we can do to help you. Start the conversation!
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twitter: @wethepatientsny or #wearelosingourpatience