Questions for hosting a Living Room Conversation on Health Care
*Note: While Living Room Conversations offers some suggested questions for the topic of health care, the Purple People group recommends replacing part 3 of the questions with these:
- How would you define health and its importance to you?
- Imagine an ideal health care system: What would that look like for you?
- What should be the purpose of the U.S. health care system?
- What types of health care services are most important to you? Is that likely to change over time? If so, how? [Examples: primary and preventive care, emergency care, intensive care, mental health care, long term care]
- How much is reasonable for a relatively healthy person to pay for health care coverage and basic services in a year?
- How much is reasonable for someone with a chronic condition or disability to pay for health care coverage and services in a year?
- What, if any, limits should there be on how much health care a person should be able to receive in a lifetime if he or she cannot pay for it, even with insurance?
- What, if any, limits should there be on how much health insurers, providers, pharmaceutical companies and other third parties can charge for health services and products?
- How do we pay for health care now?
- What is the role or purpose of health insurance (collective risk)?
- How do we insure or pay for health care for unknown or unexpected health care needs (that can happen to anyone)?
- What role do you feel good health plays in your role as breadwinner?
- How would you and your family achieve financial independence if your health fails, you develop a disability or become unemployable?
- Could universal health care provide a safety net for you and your family?