Q. Why was APRA formed and what is its purpose?
A. The founder’s mother was killed by a preventable medical error in the hospital and he almost was as well. After a lengthy investigation he recognized that our health care system is placing people at unreasonable and unjustifiable risk of physical and financial harm whenever they seek medical treatment, especially at our hospitals. He also recognized that the economic health of our country is suffering as a result, and change is needed to protect our citizens and our country.
Healthcare in America is advancing technologically but medical services being provided to the average person, especially in hospitals, are deteriorating. The cost of healthcare consumes 18% or more of our nation’s GDP while health care services are often supplied as if we were a third world country. Even after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) nothing much has changed. Costs continue to rise, quality continues to decline and millions still remain uninsured or under-insured.
The ongoing failure of our health care system is a danger to all Americans, particularly seniors who are increasingly in need of medical services. There are no 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.
APRA was established to save lives and help people protect their life savings by: warning about the dangers in our medical system; providing information and tools designed to help people protect themselves from harm; developing and implementing unique, demand side solutions and agitating for change.
Q. What are the goals of your organization?
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 health care 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 do you expect to achieve those goals?
A. We have programs and a plan of action which are consistent with our goals. With support in the form of contributions from individuals, foundations and organizations we anticipate success in reducing unnecessary deaths and financial harm to patients.
Q. Is APRA a registered nonprofit?
A. Yes APRA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.