The Unempowered Patient

The Unempowered Patient

  • Doesn’t have an iPhone or Android device to help him track his health data
  • Doesn’t get paid to make commercials for pharmaceuticals
  • Doesn’t give speeches about her experiences
  • Doesn’t get heard very often on Twitter
  • Doesn’t have much of a support network
  • Doesn’t know whom to trust
  • Doesn’t get the same treatment as the Empowered Patient in the next room
  • Doesn’t show up very often in well-funded research findings
  • Doesn’t give herself a special name like “Unempowered Patient”
  • Doesn’t know what it feels like to be empowered
  • Doesn’t know whom to call for help before it’s too late
  • Dies without a voice

At the end of your life, you will lose much of the power you have today. Your loved ones – the sources of any true powers you’ve ever had in your life – may not be around to bear witness to your fading light. Statistically, you will likely die alone or in the company of strangers.

If you’re lucky, these strangers will uphold their oaths and exercise their empowerment for your comfort and care and dignity – in spite of being disempowered by a culture of mangled priorities and immediate gratification and squandered opportunities.

In other words, no matter how rich or educated or “empowered” you are right now, one day you just might be an Unempowered Patient.

When looking back at your life from your deathbed, did you ever think you’d become what you ignored?

@PhilBaumann – @HealthIsSocial – Newsletter


2 Replies to “The Unempowered Patient”

  1. We need to keep advocating for those who can not. Despite all the advances in medicine and technology one of the biggest carcinogens in the United States today? Poverty. It kills.

  2. Ηi Phil, from the list I liked “Doesn’t give herself a special name like “Unempowered Patient”!!

    I agree with Joddy that we need to keep advocating for those who can’t but in my opinion the most disempowered are the seniors, not only because of ageing problems and low resources but mostly because of loss of societal changes that have led to loss of respect and recognition of the services they once offered..

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