August 14, 2005
The Paradox of Choice: Healthcare Edition
Posted by Gordon Smith

The front page of the New York Times has an excellent article on the challenges faced by patients in our modern health care system. The article features my law school colleague, Meg Gaines, and her battle with ovarian cancer. After fighting her own battle, Meg decided to help others with theirs:

Over the next few years, Ms. Gaines did a lot of thinking and a lot of talking about her experience as a patient, about how brutally difficult it had been to gather information, find doctors and make decisions. She helped found the Center for Patient Partnerships, which opened in 2001, based at the law school of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It helps patients with cancer and other serious illnesses find doctors and make informed decisions, even as it trains student volunteers from disciplines like law, business, public policy and medicine how to be advocates for patients.

Well done, Meg!

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