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South Carolina Patient Web site

Welcome letter from the SC Chapter leadership
Contact your Legislators
Health Care Information for Patients

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Dear Patients of South Carolina,

The members of the Executive Council of the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians welcome you to what we hope will be an important resource for you as you work to manage your health care. Through this new patient Web site we have 2 main goals:

  1. To provide you with a user friendly method of contacting your elected officials so you can tell them what is important to you regarding your health care, and
  2. To provide you with access to reliable and up to date health care information that you will find useful and convenient.

As Doctors for Adults, we feel we should provide you with ways to let your concerns be communicated to your legislators. Through this site you will be able to:

  1. Determine who your state and national elected officials are and how to contact them,
  2. Have letters already written and available for you to print, sign, and mail regarding important issues you face everyday, and
  3. Have the ability to contact your elected officials through e-mail using links on this site.

Though the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians sends over 10 physicians every year to Washington to meet with national legislators on your behalf, we feel you having more frequent contact with those legislators so you can tell them your own, personal stories will have a greater impact on them and educate them about what is happening to you and your health care everyday.

As far as resources for your health care, we have many available through the American College of Physicians:

  1. Access the American College of Physicians' Diabetes Care Guide, a resource for patients and/or their family members with diabetes.
  2. Access HEALTH TiPS - informative cards on multiple medical problems from heart attacks to diabetes to high blood pressure, etc in English as well as in Spanish.
  3. Access Medline-Plus, a state of the art search engine for patients and/or their families to obtain reliable information from National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
  4. Babelfish, a free non-medical translation engine that may help non-English speakers express some of their concerns to their English - only speaking physicians. While these translation engines do not take the place of a translator and are not made specifically for medical purposes, they may be helpful to you for getting some basic concerns expressed.

We hope that you will enjoy the SC Patient Web site and take advantage of the opportunities it provides for you. As Doctors for Adults, we think that as Adults, you have the ability to contact your elected officials on your own and would like to be able to have access to reliable health care information.

Sincerely,

Michael M Hawkins, MD, FACP
Governor, South Carolina Chapter
American College of Physicians

Ivan Monserrate, MD, FACP
Chairman, Patient Outreach Committee
South Carolina Chapter
American College of Physicians


Page updated: 10/29/09