- Who We AreAll great movements have started with people, because collective wisdom is stronger and smarter than any one individual. And we believe that it is time to leave partisan politics behind. We Can Do Better engages citizens in identifying barriers and solutions to improving health and health care for all.We combine traditional tools – community forums and workshops – with new media to bring people together. Online and in-person opportunities for the public to become informed, organize, and voice their opinions lead to real-time grassroots civic action that influences public policy debate. We want public and private programs to reflect our shared principles and framework. The process won’t always be easy or comfortable because we recognize we have tough choices ahead. We believe that positive and lasting social change only comes when engaged citizens work together in common cause. We Can Do Better is a non partisan space for civic engagement for people to develop strategies and solutions that inform public policy and result in better health and health care for all.
- What We DoEducation We optimize website, webinars, in-person sessions and our Annual Conference to accommodate those who understand health policy inside and out, along with those who are new to the language of insurance, health plans, health reform, public and private approaches. Education can be tailored for small groups or large gatherings. Workshops Since part of our mission is around engagement, each year we hold trainings on public speaking, framing and messaging, and how to be compelling when speaking with (or before) policy makers and decision makers. Coalitions Being a non-partisan organization allows us to work in coalitions with other organizations who share the belief that that health reform should result in better health, lower or contained costs, and a better experience for all of us who use the system – the essential components of the Triple Aim. Staff from We Can Do Better have played leadership roles in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Consumer Voices for Coverage, the Oregon Health Reform Collaborative, the Allies Group, the Human Services Coalition of Oregon, and the Ladders to Leadership Initiative. Consultation Staff are available to meet with community organizations, local leaders and employers to sort through some of the complex issues that must be…
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Portland Business Journal story on medical pricing websites, including OKCopay who has added Portland, OR to their dataset. Founder Toure McKluskey will present Portland data at our event Tuesday, September 10.
Are you interested in learning how to contribute to healthcare system transformation? Are you looking for opportunities to understand the changes we need to make? If so please attend the PSU & OHSU Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter’s second annual screening of the acclaimed documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. This documentary tackles one of …
Fair Pricing Law Prompts Most California Hospitals To Adopt Policies To Protect Uninsured Patients From High Charges
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports on the effects of California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act, as published by Health Affairs. This article summarizes California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act, which was passed in 2006 with the intent of protecting low-income uninsured patients from having to pay hospitals’ full billed charges.
NPR story on High Deductible Plans. What does it mean for you? Are you on a high deductible plan?
OkCopay is an innovative Seattle-based startup that provides communities of uninsured, underinsured, and those seeking non-covered services with tools to help them find affordable medical services. They are focused on lowering routine out-of-pocket costs for those with “gaps” in coverage. Imagine being able to see what something will cost before you head for your appointment. Beyond price, they also publish data on provider’s …