Though a few years old, this 28 page trainer's kit about how to run a patient's rights workshop still has a lot of solid information. The workshop can be adapted to a more discussion based model or work within a less interactive framework. This is another example of the great resources from the Vancouver Women's Health Collective. The workshop outlines:
What are your rights as a patient
Looking for a medical provider
What to expect from a medical provider
What to expect from a physical checkup
How to get the best information about your diagnosis or treatment
What are the doctor's rights
Initial surprise, shock, commotion, the desire in the most remote corners of the Earth to provide immediate aid. What to send and how to do so to a corner of the Caribbean, from China, India, Vietnam and other nations located tens of thousands of kilometers away? The magnitude of the earthquake and the country's poverty instantly generated ideas of imagined needs, which give rise to all kinds of promises that they then try to deliver by any possible means.
"The boy with the destroyed brain did not need anaesthetic; he could no longer feel anything. The other lay in an artificial coma with intravenous anaesthetic agents to soften the pain and allow the ventilator to work without resistance from the boy's own breathing. A large bandage covered both his eyes. He could not see anyway. He was already blind.
Drumroll, please. We have rolled out the H1N1 vaccine. It's in the warehouses -- hold on, I'm being told it's now been approved by our tests, though our tests aren't complete and most of them aren't ours and we already knew most of what we now know before this. Never mind. You can get the vaccine, but not yet. And maybe not when you go for it since there's not enough for everyone so we're asking people who aren't at risk not to get it though if they go they can get it. Except in some places. Anyway, it's a Go! ...
In fact, it was CBC news who trumpeted, "It's a go!" They joined the general rollicking mood. Personally I'd like to know where to go to be inoculated against the confusion and lack of clarity surrounding this story.