The following is the Group Discussion Question, based on a quote from the Proceedings of the Twenty-Second National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, held in April 2011.
“Back in 1992, a very colorful California State Assembly member, Richard Alatorre, who . . . was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, held a hearing on health services to needful populations. Three health care entities, among others, came in to testify.
“Alatorre finally threw up his arms and said, “You know the hospitals come in and say we’re doing God’s work. Just give us more money we’ll fix the problems of the world. Then the community clinics come in and say we’re doing God’s work. Just give us more money and we’ll fix the problems of the world. Then the doctors come in and say the same thing. If we’re all doing God’s work, then why are we in healthcare Hell?”
“It’s true! We’re all beating up on each other with our lobbying. The counties have their own public hospital associations. The health plans have their own lobbying firms and their own cartels. Then we also have the academic medical centers. Then we have organized labor playing both sides. We need to unite ourselves.”
Hector Flores, MD
22nd National Conference on Primary Health Care Access
San Francisco, California
Group 1 (Coastal Research Group Board Meeting) Pugno, Executive Chair; Babitz, Clover, Flores, Herman, LeRoy and Wilke; Burnett, L; Burnett, W. H.; Burnett, W. J. and Turner
Group 2 Bejinez-Eastman, Chair; Boltri, Scribe, Crawford, Fredrick and Saffold
Group 3 Flinders, Lead; Fowkes, Scribe; Frey, Geyman and Goodman
Group 4 Haughton, Lead; Hansen, Scribe; Bowman, Fine and Squire
Group 5 Maudlin, Lead; Hixon, Scribe; Kopes-Kerr, Olsen and Wu
Group 6 North, Lead; Leong, Scribe; Palafox, Schlegel and Sundwall
Group 7 Hines, Lead; Kimball, Scribe; Levitt, Lewis, Peck and Schwartz