• Shands Jacksonville Medical Center Granted Protection for Medical Mistakes
    Gov. Rick Scott's approval to sheild Shands Jacksonville from malpractice has opponents of the bill who have expressed concern that hospital staff may not perform as carefully as they should if immunity is extended. Victims of medical negligence at hospitals with sovereign immunity will have little or no recourse for covering their damages.This is because medical negligence claims are extremely complex and expensive to litigate. If a claimant must spend $50,000 on expert witnesses to bring the claim, by the time he or she has paid such expenses and lawyers, there is nothing left. As a result, there is no incentive for such victims to bring a claim. I know of no attorneys in Jacksonville who are currently willing to take cases against the doctors at Shands.
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    Created by Stacie Bennett
  • Amending IC Clinic hours to be more patient-centred
    We would like IC Clinic hours at St. Paul's Hospital to be amended to include early morning hours, to allow medical treatment for the majority of patients (who work daytime hours). While we greatly appreciate the health service provided by the IC Clinic, the current clinic schedule is planned for the convenience of nursing staff, and hospital administration. We would like the needs of patients to be taken into account in the planning. The majority of people who work full-time, work 9-5 (or 8-5). The current IC Clinic schedule means that patients with full-time 9-5 jobs cannot receive medical treatment. The schedule presumes that most people have employers willing to allow flexibility for staff to regularly attend appointments on staff time. The reality is unfortunately that many of us have employers who do not permit flexibility for regular appointments during work hours. Also, a number of us want to apply for full-time jobs, but cease to be candidates once it is explained that weekly or twice-weekly there are hours we cannot be available. We would like the hours to change, and feel that a patient-centred IC Clinic schedule would work better for the majority, and by enabling more of us to work and contribute to the economy, will ultimately be a better deal for taxpayers.
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    Created by Lisa Mighton
  • stop govenor lepage from taking away suboxone maintenance therapy
    Govenor lepage wants to put a cap on Buprenorphine (suboxone) therapy of two years and anyone currently receiving therapy that has been on it for two years will not be weened off but will have it taken away immedietly...this is a very important medication to help those with substance abuse problems get clean please don't let him take this away
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    Created by heather carlow
  • Florida Disability Grassroots: We need Adult Day Training Programs
    Florida Governor Rick Scott decided to cut the budget for people with disabilities which will lead per APD (Area offices) website information to 40%+ cuts for 2/3 of the costplans of Florida's most vulnerable disabled population. Rick Scott and APD Director Hansen decided in addition to those cuts to eliminate Adult Day Training Programs as a core (:needed) service. With this decision, they removed the previous guaranteed funding and parents as well as advocates fear the worst especially since the changes will happen in Spring 2012. Without Adult Day Training, parents are either forced to quit their job and care for their child, or give their adult child in an institution which breaks their heart (and cost Scott much more) or they leave their child alone at home from Monday-Friday during work hours. Current Medicaid Waiver disabled recipients have challenging disabilities and medical conditions, ranging from severe seizures, low IQ's, wheelchair bound and often unable to even move a arm, the need of receiving full assistance often through a 2-person-lift with changing attends/adult diapers or using a restroom, and most needing full assistance to eat. Many need positioning throughout the day to avoid bed sores and skin drafts. Much more could be listed her Florida's republican Governor shows no to ensure the safety of people with often severe and multiple disabilities. Tell Governor Rick Scott to stop cutting the funding for the developmental disabled population and to make Adult Day Training Programs (and transportation to ADT) again a core service.
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  • No smoking in bus shelters
    Maybe you've been there: You're sitting in a bus shelter -- the kinds with seats and roof, sometimes even walls -- and someone else lights up a cigarette. You get to inhale their secondhand smoke, even when it lingers after they've put it out. They tell you they have every right to smoke inside a bus shelter. Maybe they have so far, but we can change that, and have them step far enough away from the shelter that we won't be breathing their secondhand smoke even after they put the cigarette out, we won't still be breathing that smoke.
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    Created by julie rose
  • Save Health care for Low-Income and Disabled Mainers
    Governor Paul LePage is trying to push a bill through the Maine State Legislature that would slash the DHHS budget by $220 million, leaving 65,000 low-income and disabled Mainers with no health insurance, and decimating programs and services that work. Mainers have been fighting these cuts loud and strong, and it is having an impact. But we need to keep up the pressure. By signing this petition, you are letting your representatives know that these cuts are just not acceptable. In Maine, we believe in taking care of each other, and we believe that when people have access to needed healthcare services it keeps our state strong.
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    Created by Jennifer Lunden LCSW
  • Universal Health Care
    The worst part is that I have health insurance. And it still costs me over $500 per month for co-pays, prescriptions and necessary lab work not covered by my insurance. Then there is the physical therapy and chiropractic care not covered by my insurance to help eliminate enough pain so that I can continue to work. Why are the "working poor" allowed to bleed to death?
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    Created by Eileen Strangfeld
  • Kepp Chicago city clinics open
    Employees, including medical staff, have built up a tremendous amount of experience, and now they are to be let go just because Mayor Emanuel thinks he can save city budget money.
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    Created by John P. Rash
  • TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AND TRAUMA CARE in the Philippines embodied in Senate Bill ...
    Current statutes of Trauma Care and Management in the Philippines are not adequately addressed. Its limited portrayal in every surgical service need to be recognized to allow a definite roadmap to the application of Advanced Trauma Life Support and its derivation of Trauma Levels of care applicable to every hospital. Philippine Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago introduced Senate Bill 2279 which seeks to improve Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care by: (a) empowering the Department of Health to identify designated trauma centers, (b) establishing a National Clearinghouse on Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Care; and (c) providing for standards with respect to trauma care centers. A quick call to action by signing this petition to Tell the 15th Congress that it is about time to act quickly and pass Senate Bill 2279.
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    Created by Manuel Moldero Belandres,M.D.
  • "NOMUD--Not One More Unnecessary Death"
    The United States of America has landed itself in one big, unhealthy, uncaring, disorganized, anti-intellectual, dollar-driven, wealth-centric lifeboat, after abandoning the big ship of 'prosperity-for-all' long ago, in favor of a selfish, but well-financed crew of dysfunctional rowers, who are directionally challenged, and whose course is never progressively beneficial to anyone still on board! By most estimates, we toss more than 100 people a day overboard to their deaths, because we WILL NOT (real Americans never say "cannot") establish a system of real Health Care that sees us as one people, all together, in the same boat!! Our antiquated, impotent system is LOSING LIVES!! Don't we HAVE TO CARE about that??! Please sign this petition for an equitably tax-funded, single-payer, Universal Health Care System that is state-of-the-art, and second to NO OTHER country on earth!! Please help make us healthy, by helping us to once again care about even the least able of our valuable citizens!!
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    Created by JONATHAN TAUBER
  • Healthcare dollars should not go to lavish advertising campaigns.
    Non-profit hospital systems should not be spending millions on advertising.
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    Created by Ann Sweeney
  • Remove insurance's exclusion for pre-existing conditions now
    Adults with pre-existing health conditions continue to be denied health insurance until 2014. In the meantime, our health continues to decline unless we can afford to pay for expensive medications and treatment out of pocket. How many people could have led more productive lives just by receiving appropriate health care now, when it's needed? An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure!
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    Created by Judy Trigg