Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is APRA a registered nonprofit?

A. The American Patient Rights Association is a registered and certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. IRS EIN 46-5672427. IRS sub-section numbers: 2055, 2106, 2522. State of Florida Registration CH-46955, americanpatient.org,  496.411, F.S. statute code. All donations to APRA are fully tax-deductible. 

Q. Why was APRA established?

A. 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 medical harm;
  • developing and implementing unique, demand-side solutions, and
  • agitating for change.

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 from 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. Our programs and plan of action are consistent with our goals. With support from individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors we anticipate success in reducing unnecessary deaths and financial harm to patients.

 Q. What motivated APRA’s founder to establish APRA?

 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 has changed. Costs continue to rise, quality continues to decline and millions 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.

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