Q. Why was APRA established and what is its purpose?
A. The founder’s mother died as a result of a preventable medical error in a hospital. After a lengthy investigation, he realized that even though health care in our country is advancing technologically our healthcare system is deteriorating, placing people at unreasonable and unjustifiable risk of preventable physical and financial harm. Medical services provided to the average person in many parts of our country are too often supplied as if we were a third-world country, even though health care consumes 18% of our nation’s GDP, the most in the world.
Even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) nothing much changed. Costs continue to rise, quality continues to decline and millions still remain uninsured or under-insured.
The failure of our healthcare system is a danger to all Americans but most particularly to minorities and seniors who have a greater need for medical services. There are few measures in place to protect people from preventable physical or financial harm in hospitals or any other medical facility: no effective regulations or oversight, no accountability, and no transparency. As a result up to 440,000 men, women and children are dying in our hospitals each year from preventable medical errors, the third leading cause of death, and medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy.
Change is needed to protect our citizens and our country.
APRA was established to help people protect their money and their lives by:
- warning about the dangers in our medical system;
- providing information and tools designed to help people protect themselves from preventable harm;
- developing and implementing unique, demand-side solutions, and
- agitating for change.
Membership in APRA is free.
Q. Is APRA a registered nonprofit?
A. Yes, APRA is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Q. What are APRA’s goals?
A. Our primary goals are to: educate consumers about their risk of harm and how to protect themselves and their families against the hidden dangers in our healthcare system; motivate hospitals and other medical facilities to improve patient safety; and, agitate for reasonable and effective patient rights so that people are safer, both physically and financially, whenever they seek medical treatment.
Q. How does APRA expect to achieve those goals?
A. We have programs and a plan of action that is consistent with our goals. With support from individuals, foundations, and sponsors we anticipate success in reducing unnecessary deaths and financial harm to patients.