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Patient groups are supposed to represent patients. But many have deep ties to industry.

Drop in on any of the fierce debates about drug prices or the need for new medicines in the US, and you’ll find patient advocacy groups right in the middle, speaking up for the sick. These organizations represent millions of people with diseases like cancer, MS, and diabetes, and they are among the first places people turn to for help when they get sick.

But new research sheds light on a disturbing problem with these organizations: Their deep ties with industry may be compromising their ability to serve the very patients they’re supposed to help.

A new study from the New England Journal of Medicine found that 83 percent of the nation’s top 104 patient advocacy groups —…

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 Patient groups are supposed to represent patients. But many have deep ties to industry.

More than eight in 10 patient groups take money from the medical industry.


This site provides access to patients advocates, patient navigators, case managers, elder care advocates, home health, medical billing advocates, legal and other forms of patient assistants who may be able to help you or your loved ones manage those many health care challenges

Every Patient's Advocate

Patient empowerment, advocacy, medical consumerism and tools to navigate the dysfunction of American health care.

Patient Advocate Foundation

The Process is Simple. Patient Advocate Foundation's Patient Services provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness.

Patient Advocates

PA provides health care, employee benefit and risk management services with specialized expertise in administering; designing and managing employer sponsored health plans.

Patient Navigator

When you’re diagnosed with illness or struggling to take care of a loved one, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and out of your depth. But you don’t have to do it alone. We’re here to help.

Planetree International

The Planetree model of care is a patient-centered, holistic approach to healthcare, promoting mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical healing. It empowers patients and families through the exchange of information and encourages healing partnerships with caregivers. It seeks to maximize positive healthcare outcomes by integrating optimal medical therapies and incorporating art and nature into the healing environment.

RN Patient Advocates

Our mission is to empower people in their health care through advocacy, education and guidance through the health care system.

Smart Patients

An online community where patients and their families learn from each other.


We help patients and providers make smarter, more confident treatment choices. We bring clarity to healthcare decisions.

Amputee Coalition

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations.

The mission of Avoid Medical Errors is to help you to stay healthy and to avoid becoming the victim of a medical error. You will receive critical information and tips to teach you, as a healthcare consumer, how to ask questions, be empowered, and to seek safe health care.


The BeMedWise Program at NeedyMed’s mission is working to promote the wise use of medicines through trusted communication for better health


Many adults over 55 need help paying for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other basic needs. There are over 2,000 federal, state and private benefits programs available to help. But many people don’t know these programs exist or how they can apply. BenefitsCheckUp asks a series of questions to help identify benefits that could save you money and cover the costs of everyday expenses.

Cancer Hope Network

Cancer Hope Network is a not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families. We provide that support by matching cancer patients and/or family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience.

Cancer Support Community

Transforming the cancer experience through community and connection.


CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services for anyone affected by cancer.


CancerConnect is a comprehensive online resource center and social network for cancer patients and their caregivers. Since 1996, it has been providing best in class, disease-specific patient information, covering relevant topics such as latest treatments, management of side effects, clinical trials, and support groups.

Caregiver Action Network

The Caregiver Action Network is the nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the than 65 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

Caring Bridge

Free, personalized websites that support and connect loved ones during critical illness, treatment and recovery.


CaringInfo, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, provides free resources to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis.

Compassion & Choices

Compassion & Choices is a nonprofit organization working to improve care and expand choice at the end of life. As a national organization with over 60 chapters and 30,000 members, we help patients and their loved ones face the end of life with calm facts and choices of action during a difficult time.

Vitamins, herbs, and other supplements are not regularly tested by any government organization. Only continually evaluates nutritional supplements in a laboratory environment. It also investigates problems with drugs.

Families USA

Families USA is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Welcome to, created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation for Health in Aging (FHA), to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging.

Lotsa Helping Hands

Seeing how earnestly friends wanted to help, and juggling the difficulty of organizing their assistance, we designed Lotsa Helping Hands with the understanding of how to bring together a variety of social circles and what a resulting community like this would need.


MediBid is an online marketplace which is about quality, choice, and value. Many insurance companies show you no more than whether your doctor is “in-network” or not. MediBid allows you to see the training, education and experience of the doctor before you make your selection.

Medicare Rights

Medicare Rights Center (MRC) is the largest independent source of health care information and assistance in the United States for people with Medicare. Founded in 1989, MRC helps older adults and people with disabilities get good, affordable health care.

National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

The oldest survivor-led cancer advocacy organization in the country, advocating for quality cancer care for all Americans and empowering cancer survivors.

National Partnership for Women & Families

The National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that uses public education and advocacy to promote fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family.


NeedyMeds is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge.

Patients Come First

By working together, we can make Canada a world leader in giving Canadians access to innovative new medicines and vaccines to prevent and treat a wide range of diseases. The Rx&D International Report on Access to Medicines looked at the accessibility of medicines available in Canada and compared the finding to 24 other countries. The results showed Canada ranked 20th out of 25, next to countries like Turkey and Iceland.


Patient assistance programs are run by pharmaceutical companies to provide free medications to people who cannot afford to buy their medicine. RxAssist offers a comprehensive database of these patient assistance programs, as well as practical tools, news, and articles so that health care professionals and patients can find the information they need. All in one place.


RxHope is exactly what its name implies...a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help.


SeventyK represents approximately 70,000 children, adolescent and young adult patients in this country who are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Stupid Cancer is a non-profit organization that empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services. We are the nation's largest support community for this underserved population and serve as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement.

Timely Medical Alternatives

In 2003, Timely Medical Alternatives Inc. was formed to help Canadians, on long medical waiting lists, to take personal responsibility for their own medical care and Leave the queue. The need for private medical services is thriving in Canada. Timely Medical Alternatives can easily accommodate your needs for private medical services by providing you with options, referrals to hospitals, clinics and diagnostic imaging facilities.

Vital Options International

Vital Options International is a not-for-profit cancer communications, support, and advocacy organization with a mission, to facilitate a global cancer dialogue.

WEGO Health

WEGO Health is a mission-driven company connecting healthcare with the experience, skills and insights of patient leaders. We are the world’s largest network of patient leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics.

Well Spouse Association

Well Spouse is a national, not for profit membership organization which gives support to wives, husbands, and partners of the chronically ill and/or disabled. Well Spouse support groups meet monthly.

Alliance of Professional Health Advocates

If you are a patient navigator, advocate, case manager, health coach, eldercare, birthing or other health care assistant - or are considering a career as any form of health advocate, please take a look at our Alliance membership site which provides you with assistance to build your clientele and business, including helping patients find you to hire you. We support your business knowledge needs and help you start and grow your private, independent advocacy practice.

California Office of the Patient Advocate

Our site will give you tools to get the most out of your medical care, including a Report Card on the top HMOs and medical groups in California. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions about your health care and to become your own best advocate.

DiagKNOWsis Media

Since 2005, DiagKNOWsis Media has been developing tools and resources to help patients and caregivers improve their chances for better outcomes when they access the medical system.

George Washington Institute for Spirituality & Health

The mission of GWish is to foster more compassionate and caring healthcare systems and restore the heart and humanity to healthcare. We do this by developing education programs supported by scholarly and research-based initiatives which train physicians and other healthcare professionals to more fully integrate spirituality in their professional work with patients.

International Alliance of Patients' Organizations

IAPO is a unique global alliance representing patients of all nationalities across all disease areas and promoting patient-centred healthcare around the world.

National Alliance for Caregiving

The National Alliance for Caregiving is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers.

National Association of Healthcare Advocacy

NAHAC is a non-profit healthcare advocacy organization dedicated to empowering advocates and consumers to navigate our healthcare system effectively.

National Patient Advocate Foundation

National Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels.

Society for Participatory Medicine

The Society for Participatory Medicine is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization devoted to promoting the concept of participatory medicine, a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners.

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