“You don’t get what you deserve; you get what you negotiate.”

This is a great attitude to bring to meetings about job compensation. It is not an attitude that we should expect of our patients. We learned a lot about negotiation today. Unfortunately, we learned that patients need to know how to negotiate for their own well-being within our current healthcare system or risk an adverse event. That is unacceptable. As healthcare professionals, WE are our patients’ advocates. WE do their negotiations for them. They should not ever have to negotiate against us; they should negotiate with us as a team working toward a common goal.

That’s what they deserve.