NINETEENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE
ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE ACCESS
MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2008
GROUP 1 MAUDLIN, LEAD; WH BURNETT, CLANCY, FREY, SAULTZ
GROUP 2 CLASEN, LEAD; BAIRD, FLINDERS, GEYMAN, SHORE, TROY
GROUP 3 ROSS, LEAD; L BURNETT, CRUZ, HERMAN, KASOVAC, PRISLIN
GROUP 4 EASTMAN, LEAD: HALL, HAUGHTON, LEROY, LEWIS, MURRAY
GROUP 5 FOWKES, LEAD; BURNS, HARA, FREEMAN, MCCLELLAN, RUSH-KOLODZEY
GROUP 6 OLSEN, LEAD: CHRISTMAN, HENLEY, KIMBALL, PUGNO, QUIRK
GROUP 7 BABITZ, LEAD; RODOS, SMITH, WILKE, ZOLLINGER, ZRYD
QUESTION OF THE DAY: When such solid 21st century industries as High Technology, Investment Banking, and Mortgage Banking can suffer sudden and unexpected shocks as “bubbles” burst, and airlines can close down without warning, when their cost structures become prohibitive, why should we regard the health care industry as immune from sudden, unexpected systemic change brought on by financial problems in the Medicare and Medicaid funds or the bankruptcy of private insurers?
Since primary care, family practice and community medicine have achieved much with a relatively small share of the “health care dollar”, how might they be part of a “solution” to problems that might emerge in health care financing?