Healing Healthcare

Meg Gaines, JD, LLM

Insurance denials, unexpected out-of-network costs, and unsympathetic employers are just some of the hurdles people with serious illness face when seeking care. Meanwhile, clinician dropout, depression, and suicide are of significant concern within the medical community. Attorney and change agent Meg Gaines views these stressors as two sides of the same coin and believes that only if patients, communities, and clinicians collaboratively shape healthcare will we heal our ailing people and systems. 

About the Speaker

Martha E. Gaines, JD, LLM is Founder and Director of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. In its mission to disrupt dysfunctional health care by restoring people to the core of care, the interdisciplinary Center provides advocacy services to patients with life-threatening and serious chronic illnesses. It also teaches future professionals to see patients as partners; promotes change in policy; and conducts research on patient experiences. Meg serves on the National Cancer Research Advocates of the National Cancer Institute, the National Quality Forum and the Academy on Communication in Healthcare.