International Feature

Meet Dr. Stephan DeBuren in Miami, Florida and Geneva, Switzerland

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What patients mainly want is first, a good doctor, second, a good treatment, and third, a good price. And this doesn’t change between countries in Europe or in the United States. I think this is pretty normal….  In Europe is all about cultural differences. We have to adapt to these differences every time.

 


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Meet Sandy Thigpen in Huntington Beach, California, USA

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One of the challenges I face as a patient advocate is having the (long term care) facility staff understand what our role is when I walk into a facility for the first time, I’m that outsider and I’m coming in with my binder or clipboard and it’s an automatically assumed adversarial position. So working with the staff and forging the relationship, I’m not a threat to them. Our goals are the same. We want the patient to get the very best care and I’m there to facilitate that.


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Meet Naomi Sakurai in Tokyo, Japan

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“Measures needed to be taken to incorporate the opinions of patients and their families before committees to address the challenges in our healthcare system. Patient Advocates are now part of each National Committee. This has spurred PPI, Patient and Public Involvement in policy making.”


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Meet Susan Hagar in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Through my experience I saw the need for people to be able to hire a nurse and or patient advocate to have a better experience in healthcare.


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