"Concerned Doctors Speak Out on Health Care": This was the subtitle for this special meeting hosted by doctors Len Bristow and Len Saputo. KTVU covered the event, and described it as a civilized, thoughtful and informative, unlike recent, raucous health care town halls hosted by politicians.
As the program says:
Health care problems are as complex as they are abundant, but few voices are offering anything that focuses on the deeper, underlying issues. Two seasoned physicians will share a vision for progressive change, inspired not only by experience but by a deep awareness that we must build community in a meaningful way if we are to heal what is broken around us. Join us for an evening of hard truths, positive solutions and fresh perspectives.
Those physicians speaking in Walnut Creek Wednesday were:
--Len Saputo, who founded and directs walnut Creek's Health Medicine Center--one of the first "integrate" clinics. He is also author of the new book, A Return to Healing. More biographical information? Saputo is a 1965 graduate of Duke University Medical School, and is board certified in internal medicine. After his awakening to the deep flaws in conventional medicine, he developed a new paradigm that is now known as integral-health medicine. After founding the Health Medicine Forum in 1994, and went on to found and direct the Health Medicine Center in Walnut Creek. He is the author of A Return to Healing – Radical Healthcare Reform and the Future of Medicine.
--Lonnie R. Bristow, the former president of the American Medical Association. Bristow "has written and lectured extensively on medical science as well as socioeconomic and ethical issues related to medicine. He is a board-certified internist who received his M.D. from New York University College of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was a member of its Quality of Health Care in America committee, which in 1999 and 2001 respectively, issued the widely read reports "To Err Is Human, and Crossing the Quality Chasm." He was a chairman of the IOM Committee on Strategies for Increasing the Diversity of the U.S. Health Care Workforce when that committee issued the report, In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health-Care Workforce.
Did you attend their talk about health care. If so, what did you think?