Some local doctors took a few days away from their offices and patients last week to attend the Kentucky Medical Association annual meeting and be part of state physicians’ efforts to have a positive influence on policies and legislation that affect healthcare.
Family medicine physician Dr. Chuck Thornbury, president of the Barren County Medical Association, and Dr. R. Brent Wright, residency director of the University of Louisville Glasgow Family Medicine Residency Program at T.J. Samson Community Hospital and a member of the KMA’s Board of Trustees, attended the meeting in Louisville Sunday through Wednesday. The theme for the event was “Health in Kentucky: Costs and Consequences,” and it discussed the costly effect of Kentucky’s poor health and physicians’ challenges in reaching their patients. For Wright, who has been involved with the KMA for 10 years, this meeting was one of the most positive he has attended.
“It was heavy, but I think that’s what made it a great meeting, because we addressed those challenges,” said Wright, who was also elected vice-chair of the board of trustees during the meeting.
The state-level KMA and county associations examine healthcare throughout the year and develop resolutions to take to the state legislature in an effort to impact healthcare laws. At this year’s meeting, KMA passed about 23 resolutions, Wright said. KMA addresses both the needs of physicians and the needs of patients, Wright said, and the organization works well to make sure all members’ voices are heard.
“I worry that people have become jaded and don’t think they can make a difference, but they can,” Wright said.
KMA works like a political body, in its process of developing and approving resolutions and passing them through the levels of the organization, but Thornbury said it still focuses what’s best for public health.
“We try not to let the politics rule,” Thornbury said.
Read more of this story in Monday's print and e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.