Mission Statement (click here for Espanől)
The mission of SAVE THE PATIENT is to educate and empower patients and the public to make effective and informed health care decisions through objective resources.
Established in 2001, SAVE THE PATIENT provides current and accurate information to assist individuals in making health care decisions. Our services are available to people of all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds.
SAVE THE PATIENT assembles and provides objective resources from the wide array of medical care, prevention, and treatment information and options available. We do not practice medicine nor represent or endorse professional diagnosis or treatment options.
Many lives could be improved and millions of dollars saved through the fulfillment of the SAVE THE PATIENT mission. Each year, mortality due to medical errors in the United States has been estimated to be between 44,000 and 98,000 - accounting for more deaths than motor vehicle crashes, breast cancer, or AIDS according to the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report.
An estimated 1.3 million Americans are injured and at least 400 die each year from medication errors according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The imbalance between the wealth of medical information and technology and the public's ability to obtain and comprehend this information in order to be effective health care consumers is a critical issue facing the American health care system. Helping to mitigate this imbalance is the mission of SAVE THE PATIENT.