The following is a summary of what the Bible tells us about patient advocates.
These are the foundations of our Christian faith, and the people who have put their faith in us. 1 Timothy 3:16-17 states: I think it is good for a physician to be in touch with patients, but we must not neglect them.
When a physician treats a patient, the physician should also take care that he does not go overboard in treating him.
The Bible also says: Be patient, but patientish.
Philippians 4:7-8 says: “Do not be arrogant, but kind to all, for you are the members of Christ, who are the church.”
Ephesians 5:28-29 states: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.
We cannot expect doctors to do anything less.
2 Timothy 2:7 states: “The physician must not be presumptuous, nor a showy person.
For he is the physician of God, who is the Healer of the body, that the body may be healed by the word.”
We do not expect physicians to care less for patients.
3 Timothy 2 states: When a man comes to the Lord with a complaint, he should not be suspicious of the man.
If a man has been a good doctor for many years, the man will not feel guilty when he sees a doctor.
A good doctor will tell a patient whether the patient is healthy, and will tell the patient how to treat the disease.
He will not do so with a patient who has recently developed a disease.
4 Timothy 5 states: The man is not to be questioned with respect to anything which he says to you; for you must ask, and he shall tell you.
This is the word of God.
We expect physicians and other health care professionals to be honest with us. 5 Timothy 4 states: You are to make the most of every thing, as God gave us a plan for the salvation of your souls.
When we are in the midst of a crisis, the Bible calls us to act in accordance with that plan.
It also calls us not to overdo the care we give.
In this, the Church teaches us to be patient and kind.
It teaches us that caring for the poor and the sick is not just good medicine, it is a duty.
We should be patient with people in our care, not treat them as though they were nothing more than a problem to be solved.
In a world of increasing pressures, the patient advocate is needed.
We must teach the Church about the value of patient advocacy in the care of those in need.
The patient advocate should not just be a means to an end, it must be a moral obligation.
1 Corinthians 11:5-6 states: As for the patient, it should be treated with the same dignity as a brother or sister, but not in the way of a slave or servant, but as though you were his own.
For I think that the Lord Jesus would not have us treat the patient like a slave, nor would He have us beget children like slaves, if it were good for us to do so.
If we treat people as if they were less than human, we can expect our children to be the same.