The Place and Time: Lyon, May 2010
Setting: Dinner Meeting at Brassier Nord, a Michelin star chef's local digs
Players: Neurosurgeons from France, England, German, and me (USA)
Theme: Medical systems: What works and doesn't
(Preliminary Info: All sitting at the table are pretty tops in field)
On a recent lecture tour in France, I sat back and listened to a remarkable discussion revealing the mixed assessments of physicians of mixed how successful their own medical delivery system worked-for both themselves (physicians) and themselves (patients). Highlights:
The US is entering a period of transition for our medical system. There is so much propaganda flying around about the failings of other systems. This dinner conversation proved many important things to me. First, certainly no medical delivery system is perfect and effecting positive change in any system is excruciatingly slow. Delivery of medicine is ever more complex, time consuming and less remunerative for physicians. However, no one will argue that maintaining the status quo is just not a viable option.