Hospice holding public meeting to gather opinions on Obama-Biden Health Care Initiative

First Posted: 12/27/2008

For the everyday citizen, its a rare opportunity to voice an opinion to the president about important issues like health.
But local citizens can do that Tuesday, when the Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care hosts a community-wide meeting to gather public comments on health-care issues for use by the Obama-Biden transition team. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care on 401 Technology Lane in Mount Airy.
According to a statement released last week, Dr. Glenn Golaszewski, Mountain Valley Hospices medical director, said that the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine received an electronic notice from the Obama-Biden team encouraging various groups and their constituents to assemble informal health-care forums in their communities.
Golaszewski said the objective is to gather input from the public about important health-care issues to help the new administration shape its health-care policy.
This is a chance for the community to have a voice that the president will hear, Sheila Jones, the director of development at MVHPC, said last week. There are not many chances to send your opinion to the president.
Jones said the public forum will provide an opportunity to share opinions and concerns about health matters and to formulate a plan to better serve people.
She said the forum will be a casual setting that will consist of Golaszewski acting as a facilitator and asking questions provided by the Obama-Biden team.
Golaszewski said that he and Mountain Valley Hospice will record attendees responses and comments and then compile a report to send to the Obama-Biden transition team.
Participants will receive a survey asking for their perceptions on the biggest problem in the health-care system, such as how they choose a hospital or doctor, how to address the problem of high medical bills, and others. Golaszewski said that he and his staff will collect the surveys and send a report to the Obama-Biden team.
Its not often you get a chance to participate in government like this, Golaszewski said in the statement.
Space is limited, so reservations are required. Those interested in attending should call Sheila Jones at 789-2922.

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