As it says in the post linked to above from the Getting Better with Dr. Val blog, they didn’t want to hear about it. This was the Washington, DC version of the Obama-Biden Transition team-inspired community discussion about health care reform, and the instructions were to be prepared to come talk about an interaction with the health care system that was positive.
We were given copies of the participant guide, which is actually well referenced and backgrounded, although we didn’t follow it exactly per the directions we were given.
And, we had the discussion (not a debate!). In retrospect I think we covered a lot in a very short time, just through the lens of a few people’s experiences – everything from supporting vulnerable populations, to health information technology, to service oriented care, to dedication and commitment among health care professionals.
The interesting thing for me to notice was that it wasn’t the HIT-champions bringing up the benefit of HIT, the specialty care provider bringing up the benefit of good specialty care, or the member of the vulnerable population bringing up the value of supporting vulnerable populations.
The day after, this overall leaves me with the feeling that Americans know what good health care is, and we can trust them to tell us, if we listen. Part of the participant role was to answer three short questions in the participant guide, and since there are others blogging about last night’s event (I hope!), I’ll let them demonstrate how true this was in our responses to the questions…..
With thanks to Mr. Dr. Val (Steve Z) and Dr. Dr. Val for hosting the discussion in the zone where everything is possible, because it is.