“Time Will Tell”: Tuesday April 14, 2015 Breakout Groups and DIscussion Question

Below is the 26th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access breakout group discussion question for the Tuesday April 14, 2015 sessions (6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.) at the Hyatt Regency Orange County:

The question is derived from a series of quotes from the writings of G. Gayle Stephens, MD, extracted by John Geyman, MD in a presentation at the 25th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access. (The order of the quotations has been revised for this discussion]:

“There are many forces that threaten to depersonalize the meaning of a doctor and patient. One can buy the mechanical appurtenances of healing, but one cannot buy that essential ingredient – a physician who really cares about the patient.

“Health is not a commodity that can be purchased in any quantity for as long as one has the money.

“Preoccupation with a disease of a person is detrimental to good medicine.”

DISCUSSION QUESTION

Is Doctor Stephens’ belief that the relationship between doctors and patients is central to the task of caring for a person’s health a realistic idea in an era when care is expected to be provided by “health care systems” that must be “financed”?
Group One: McKennett (Leader), Flinders (Scribe0

   Babitz, Boltri, Pollens

Group Two: Henderson (Leader), Clasen (Scribe)

   Fredrick, Kozakowski, Prislin

Group Three: Burnett, Lee (Leader), Hansen (Scribe),

   Crawford, McCanne, WIlke  

Group Four Matheny: (Leader). Frey (Scribe)

     Carriedo, Scherger, Schwartz

Group Five, Ross, Leader, LeRoy (Scribe)

   North, Ramirez, Slack 

Group Six, Christman (Leader), Norcross (Scribe)

   Spalding, Watts, Webster

Group Seven: Burnett, Wm (Leader), Hara (Scribe)

   Buller, Geyman