Asking a professional patient to name one thing they’d like to change about the current healthcare landscape can be like pulling the pin on one big grievance grenade.
Although I would like more of a community for people over the age of 18 with Cerebral Palsy I’m going to go with something more general and seemingly smaller, but it is one of my biggest frustrations.
There’s the Joint Commission for healthcare organizations.
There’s standards for doctors.
Why not office staff?
They make offices run. They’re invaluable people.
Some know this and use this to their advantage, others don’t seem to have a clue, or maybe they just don’t care.
I’m not saying I’ve left the care of a healthcare provider because of their office staff, but I have thought about it, more than once.
I think maybe there will be a time when that will happen, it just hasn’t happened yet.
If I could change one thing about the healthcare landscape right now, it would be to have some sort of organization that handles the oversight of the assistants of healthcare providers, because although they aren’t in themselves providers they do play a major part in patient care.
They aren’t just handling files and scheduling appointments. They’re handling a person’s life, especially if it’s someone who has a disability or chronic illness.
They aren’t just dealing with annoying people. They can be the lifeline between provider and patient.
I don’t need someone who gets over involved in my care, blurring the lines of professionalism but someone who at least attempt to acknowledge that I can’t just drop everything for an appointment.
Simply put, someone who reads all the information put in front of them before scheduling an appointment (for example).
When someone is rude, or downright mean or neglectful, I wish there was someone, someplace, to report them to. It isn’t a position with minimal consequences if mistakes are made. It can’t be “just a job,” when you’re working alongside people who hold the lives of others in their own hands.
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