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.

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