Our challenge

Silencing the cacophony can be deafening.

In healthcare, there are many competing voices all vying for attention. These voices all are shouting as loud as they can hoping to be heard; hoping, that someone will take a moment and look at them and listen. Healthcare is a morass of competing interests and a majority of those competing interests are committed to maintaining the status quo (read – what benefits them or no change).

Make no mistake, there is a cacophony, and this cacophony is made up of the voices telling you that change in healthcare is impossible.

They are wrong.

Occupy healthcare is about bringing a voice to the voiceless. Occupy healthcare is about change. Occupy healthcare is about movement in the right direction. Occupy healthcare is about you.

To this end, we, the community of occupy healthcare, propose the following principles:

It is our hope that these principles become the rally cry that can help quiet the cacophony. By standing by and supporting these principles, can we, the community, work towards harmony and change?

What are your thoughts?

Are these principles sufficient to describe and cultivate a movement that aims to change healthcare?

This is our challenge.

Join us.

Dr. Miller has his doctorate in clinical psychology and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is the Director of the Office of Integrated Healthcare Research and Policy. His core task is to integrate mental health across all three of the department’s core mission areas: clinical, education, and research. Opinions expressed here are his own and not those of his employer.

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  • http://www.Spherit.com Phil Lawson

    May I introduce a term that may be useful in the discussion here, “mutually satisfying solutions”?

    Dr Sherod Miller, is an expert in collaboration (with a specialty in couple communication) and has personally trained more than 10,000 instructors in collaborative approaches who have used his work with more than a million people. He has found that a key to resolving conflict is using collaboration, which requires finding mutually satisfying solutions; this includes building in solutions that look out for each other’s wants and interests.

    It is easy, invigorating and perhaps even cathartic to take a bold stand, place a stake in the ground that says this is what we stand for, this is what we demand. But that approach sets the stage for conflict not collaboration.

    We already know that the first principle you list will create a firestorm backlash and protracted debates as people are distracted from the issue of healthcare and will divert attention to the Constitution in attempts to prove healthcare is not a right.

    Your second principle challenges capitalism as it is practiced in America at this time, again creating a backlash that will again sidetrack the discussion from one about providing better healthcare to one about capitalism.

    The proposed principles may all be valid, but is this approach one that will facilitate the change required? Or will this approach lead to more conflict and allow the goal of providing better healthcare to be eclipsed, diverted and indefinitely delayed by debates on others matters?

    My question to you and those interested in truly transforming healthcare is simple, can we find an approach that will allow for “mutually satisfying solutions” for all parties involved, allowing the American people to experience better quality health?

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