Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Patients' Right to Rest Supported by Oregon Patients Rights Association

Although there are many bills in the state legislature that deserve support, Oregon Patients Rights Association (OPRA)  only has time, energy and other resources to make  recommendations about a few.   One of the bills being considered may not seem to have anything to do with healthcare but it does.  Our position paper, The Right to Rest, explains why.   Click on the follow link to read it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Make Health Care Agenda Part of Local Town Halls!

There are several bills in the state legislature that Oregon Patients Rights Association (OPRA) is following and support.   Friday local healthcare consumers will have the opportunity to ask our local state representatives what they are doing to protect patients' rights during this legislative session.   

For information about each bill that is part Oregon Patients Rights (OPRA) Legislative Agenda, please check out the links provided.

Jeff Kruse is on the Senate's Committee on Health Care , where most of these bills are currently being considered.   It is particularly important to ask Kruse to support OPRA's legislative agenda, which includes making non-profit hospitals and Coordinated Care Organizations (CCO) more accountable.  

Even if you can't make it to one of these meetings, you can email or call your state representatives to let them know your opinion.  

The following was sent out by State Senator Jeff Kruse regarding the upcoming Town Halls in Douglas County.

Rep. Dallas Heard And Sen. Jeff Kruse To Hold Series Of Town Halls
Forums Will Take Place In Roseburg, Winston And Myrtle Creek

Salem, OR – Representative Dallas Heard (R-Winston) and Senator Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) will host a series of town halls on Friday, March 27, 2015, to provide an overview of the 2015 legislative session and address constituent questions and concerns.

“Senator Kruse and I are excited to have the chance to meet with our constituents and provide an update on the legislative session,” said Rep. Heard. “We look forward to having the critical opportunity to hear directly from the people we represent in Salem. ”

The forums are open to the public and all residents are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Rep. Heard’s office at 503-986-1402 or

Friday, March 27, 2015

Roseburg Town Hall Meeting

WHEN:             9:00 a.m.

WHERE:           Roseburg City Hall
City Council Chambers
                        900 SE Douglas Ave
                        Roseburg, OR 97470

Winston Town Hall Meeting

WHEN:             12:00 p.m.

WHERE:           Winston City Hall
City Council Chambers
                        210 NW Douglas Blvd.
                        Winston, OR 97496

Myrtle Creek Town Hall Meeting

WHEN:             3:00 p.m.

WHERE            Myrtle Creek Community Center
                        425 NW 2nd Street
                        Myrtle Creek, OR 97457


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Public Health is a Patients' Rights Issue!

Tonight, Douglas County Commissioners will hold the first of two public meetings regarding the future of public health services in our community.   Although Oregon Patients Rights Association (OPRA) does not focus on public health services,  these services are an important patients' rights issue.

Our county commissioners want to get out of the public health business.  However a push back by the community last year made sure that it was not going to be done quickly.  It was the community outcry that happened then that made sure there would be better opportunities for public information and input.  Tonight is one of those opportunities for you to take advantage of,  we encourage you to do so.  

What:       Douglas County Public Health Meetings

When:      1st Meeting

Monday, March 16, 2015
5:30 pm
Douglas County Library, 

                 2nd Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Unfortunately , like all taxpayer funded services, your rights as a consumer are reduced when someone other than a government runs a program.   This will be no different if public health services are contracted out to private (either profit or non-profit) entities.  We should move slowing and carefully regarding any changes about who is responsible for public health in Douglas County.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy PATIENT’S Bill of Rights Day!

Okay there is really no official document or law called the Patient’s Bill of Rights and there is no special day celebrating its existence.  However, today is Bill of Rights Day 2014, which is officially recognized by the United States government.  December 15th marks the day in 1791 when the first ten amendments to the US Constitution were ratified.  Although these rights did not say they applied to health care and patients, it is because of the rights established in that document that we have rights as patients today. 

Although there is no one document that spells out the rights patients have regarding health care, it is through government programs and regulations that some of the basic rights we have as citizens extend to the health care services we receive.  This is particularly clear when we receive our health care services from or paid for by the federal government. 

In 1998 President Bill Clinton directed various federal agencies to use their authority to bring health care programs in line with a basic Patient’s Bill of Rights.

According the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Archives, “The Patients' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities has three goals: to strengthen consumer confidence that the health care system is fair and responsive to consumer needs; to reaffirm the importance of a strong relationship between patients and their health care providers; and to reaffirm the critical role consumers play in safeguarding their own health.”

The Patient’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities set out the right to:

·         Informed Choice
·         Access Emergency Services
·         Full Partnership in Health Care Decisions
o   When cannot do for self; right to be represented by others.
·         Care Without Discrimination
·         Privacy 
·         Speedy Complaint Resolution

By looking at the above, can you make connections with the Bill of Rights or other aspects of the U.S. Constitution or other laws?