AMERICAN PATIENT RIGHTS ASSOCIATIONis an independent, nonprofit consumer organization [501(c)(3)] advocating for reduced patient harm and the right of consumers to receive safe, fair and transparent health care. APRA is not owned, operated or influenced by any medical, pharmaceutical or health insurance organization or association. APRA operates on a distributed workplace model platform.
Our medical system is broken. Hundreds of thousands of people are needlessly being killed and millions more injured every year by an epidemic of preventable medical errors and harm*, medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy, and yet most people are unaware of these threats to their well-being, local media companies are unwilling to investigate or warn the public and most hospitals and other medical facilities are unwilling to be transparent, take responsibility or make meaningful change.
APRA was established to:
represent and provide a voice for healthcare consumers
be a change agent for our health care system
provide information and tools which can help people protect themselves and their families from physical and financial harm due to their health care
promote and facilitate dialogues between communities and their local hospitals
fight for reduced patient harm.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT To provide the leadership, education and advocacy for the right of health-care consumers to receive safe, fair and transparent medical services and goods.
OUR GOAL To save lives and reduce the cost of health care.
Medical care for all that is free of preventable harm.
We don’t believe that anyone should have to pay to learn how to protect themselves from being harmed when they seek medical care, especially people with little money or who are elderly and most in need, so our basic membership is free. It’s just the right thing to do.
The information provided in this website is not intended as medical advice of any kind. Always seek the advice of a medical professional for any health related matter. Members of APRA and other visitors to this website use the content and information provided herein at their own risk and American Patient Rights Association, Inc., its' officers, directors, advisers, employees, agents, consultants and subcontractors, accept no liability of any kind. Postings and opinions expressed on this website are the sole expression or opinion of the individual posting and not of American Patient Rights Association, Inc., its' officers, directors, advisers, employees, agents, consultants, subcontractors or any other contributor.
*Medical errors and preventable patient harm is the third leading cause of death in the United States and contributes to an estimated $800 billion—one third of all health care costs—spent each year on unneeded or inefficiently delivered care. - Dr. Peter Pronovost, Johns Hopkins Medicine Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, one of the nation’s leading advocates for patient safety.