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Health Care and Faith: Putting it into Practice (Session 4) October 12, 2010

Getting Started

Read U.M. Book of Discipline, Social Principles, para 164 C, Church and State Relations

  • What is your understanding of church-state relations?
  • Does inclusive, affordable, accessible health violate church-state separation?
  • The United Methodist Church states that health care is a basic human right, and the state bears the responsibility for providing for and protecting that right. How do you feel about this position?
  • What are your basic convictions about health care? Is health care a human right?
  • Whose responsibility is it to provide health care?
  • As a right, how far does health care go? Should everyone receive all possible treatments? If not, where do you draw the line?

The U.M. Council of Bishops has called for legislative health care reform in the United States that is: Inclusive, Affordable, Accessible, and Accountable.

The United Methodist Church on Health Care


  • How pragmatic is it to create a health care system that is Inclusive, Affordable, and Accessible? In real-life practice, can such a policy reasonably be formed?

Should Health Care be “Accountable”?


  • Regarding Health Care, what does the word “accountable” mean to you?

Interviews and Questions for Consideration

Karen Krauss

  • Why does the U.S. spend so much more on health care per individual, yet still have so much ineffective care?
  • What would you include as the most important pieces to comprehensive health care reform?
  • In the U.S., health care legislation is a work-in-progress. What would it mean for a system to hold insurance providers accountable to people, and to hold people accountable to providers and one another?

Dr. John Ross 4

  • What are your first reactions to this interview?
  • What responsibility do people have to care for their own health by leading healthier lifestyles (i.e. eating better foods, not smoking, exercising, etc.)?
  • What steps could your community take to foster healthier living?
  • How does personal responsibility to provide for oneself and one’s family play into health care systems? Is it fair to the wealthy to help pay for those who cannot pay for their own health care?

For next week: Gather your closing comments and questions, and consider what health care ministries you could create or participate in locally.

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