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1. Screen the Money-Driven Medicine DVD in your class, public library, bookstore, campus, workplace, place of worship, community center or home to dispel the myths about what’s really driving health care costs and quality of care.
2. Support accurate reporting about healthcare issues.
Write letters to the editor of your local newspapers and call your local television stations demanding they provide accurate coverage of healthcare issues and not repeat statements which are demonstrably false.
For an excellent, real-time evaluation of health care coverage on all media outlets (print, broadcast, cable, radio and internet) visit Media Matters regularly.
Combat misinformation by emailing the truth to friends, family and colleagues and tell them about Media Matters.
3. Call or write your Congressperson to share your views on next steps to strengthening the health care bill.
You can find contact information for your Senator here.
You can find contact information for your Representative here.
Firedoglake blog (http://action.firedoglake.com) maintains a list of Congressional members who have gone on record as not supporting any health care bill unless it contains a strong public option.
4. Contact the White House and share your opinions about stregthening the health care bill with President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov
5. Arrange your own event to discuss the unmet challenges of comprehensive health reform.
6. Spread the word: Post video clips from Money-Driven Medicine on Facebook, MySpace page and other websites; share a clip with your friends.
SOME TALKING POINTS ...
Money-Driven Medicine doesn’t prescribe specific solutions but it clearly identifies critical issues for any serious effort to reform our healthcare system. Here are some concerns you might want to raise in your communications when you write or speak to your congress members.
After screening Money-Driven Medicine, do you think government should set standards for affordable and comprehensive care through a robust public insurance option (Medicare for people under 65) which can compete with private insurers? Or should private insurers still retain that power?
Should Medicare be allowed to negotiate with drug companies for discounts on prescription drugs, as most other countries do?
Do you think we need more primary care physicians? Do you think if we paid more for preventive, primary care we would pay less for emergency, “rescue” care? Do you think Congress should put in place incentives which redirect health resources to primary care?
Do you think doctors and hospitals should be reimbursed based on their results (accountable care) rather than the number of procedures performed (fee-for-service)? Should they be rewarded for using well-tested, evidence-based treatments and penalized for sloppy patient record-keeping, botched procedures and hospital-generated maladies?
Do you think government should guarantee that patients have access to all their medical records, are fully informed of available treatment options, both their risks and benefits, and share in all decisions about their care?
Should individual states be allowed to enact single-payer health care (Medicare for all) should they choose to do so?