In my last post I wrote about the experience of testifying before the Kansas House Committee on Judiciary about my family’s bill. In both my written and oral testimony I posed a critical question: Do patients have the right to know about unanticipated medical outcomes and harmful errors that occur in their care?
If patients do not have this right, then our bill has no basis. And if patients do not have this right, then patients need to realize this. So I asked that a new law be written that would require this sign to be displayed at every public entrance of every healthcare facility in the state:
I hope my family’s position is clear. I hope that the members of the Kansas House Committee on Judiciary will make their position clear to patients in Kansas.
And to help things along, here are two versions of the sign to download, formatted for 8.5 by 11-inch paper:
I encourage anyone who does not believe that patients have the right to know about unanticipated medical outcomes or harmful errors to print this sign, hang it up (preferably where a lot of people can see it), and make sure you feel comfortable with it.