19th National Conference Breakout Group Question – Monday, April 7, 2008

NINETEENTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE

ON PRIMARY HEALTH CARE ACCESS

MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2008

A sunset viewed from a Kaua'i beach
A sunrise viewed from a Kaua’i beach

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?