What is the TMA Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit?

Texas Medical Association invited leading Texas businessmen and women, physicians, hospital executives, insurance company presidents, and government leaders to discuss pressing health care issues and begin the search for solutions they all could support.

At the outset, TMA President Robert T. Gunby Jr., MD, said he hoped TMA’s first Healthy Vision 2010 Summit would “be the first of several meetings that will lead to a collaborative legislative agenda. I am truly hopeful that, by the end of the year, we will have devised a treatment plan, however limited in scope, on which we can all agree.”  

Under the backdrop of disturbing demographic statistics that portend increased demand for health care in Texas, participants time and again returned to several fertile fields to plow for potential solutions. These included searching for ways to:

  • Reduce “medical homelessness” and inappropriate use of emergency rooms, and reduce the number of uninsured Texans;
  • Increase Texans’ incentives to maintain healthy lifestyles, and increase physicians’ and health care providers’ incentives to focus on prevention;
  • Use technology to make health care services more effective and efficient for physicians, health care providers, patients, employers, and taxpayers; and
  • Bring the emotionally charged issue of expensive end-of-life care into the public discourse.

Participants frequently mentioned the need for additional time to explore those issues and were agreeable to Dr. Gunby’s suggestion that TMA convene a second, larger summit in the near future.

Read the complete summary.

Published in: on April 7, 2006 at 9:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

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