This is, in fact, the case in the United States. I do think the health focus is squared up on health care providers too much. Gladly, I think this will change with the implementation of Obamacare. For example, people cannot be turned down for pre-existing conditions any longer. This is a huge step forward.
The smaller people always get lost in the discussions of the overall picture. The providers are going to have more say in the matter,but the people are what actually matters. It is always going to be like this though, its hard to figure out if it will ever change,but most of the time we just won't step forward, we let others do it for us.
Individuals need medical care, but historically our focus has been on the primary care provider whose name is written on the bottom line. More than that, the person who gets you healthy is your doctor and you are just an impartial bystander while the machine of your body is tweaked. We, as a society, are ready to believe that our actions have a direct effect on our health. Simply give us consistent information.
There will always be more demand for health care than there is supply, so there isn't much that can be done in the short term for patients without first focusing on health care providers. And when the capacity and capabilities of health care providers is improved and expanded, patients will ultimately benefit.