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Seminar to explore affordable Catholic health care

March 23, 2017

A seminar at St. Mary’s Cathedral on April 29 will bring together diverse speakers on the topic of “Restoring Affordable Catholic Health Care in the San Francisco Bay Area.”

“This seminar seeks to introduce exciting developments occurring at the grass roots level that will allow an increasing number of Americans to find affordable and ethical health care solutions,” said Vicki Evans, archdiocesan respect life coordinator.

The seminar covers topics related to direct primary care, the physician-patient relationship, cost-sharing ministries, Catholic hospice and palliative care, and other Christian health- care options, alternatives and solutions.

St. Brendan parishioner Dr. Michel Accad will speak on “Direct Primary Care: An Affordable Health Care Model That Restores the Personal Doctor-Patient Relationship.” Accad has 20 years of clinical experience and is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology.

Michael O’Dea, executive director of Christ Medicus Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes Christ-centered health care, and co-founder of CMF CURO, a Catholic health care ministry that is an alternative to insurance, will speak on “Cost-Sharing Ministries and Other National Catholic Initiatives in Health Care.” He will draw on his skills in providing employers and individuals health care management resources and benefits consulting, while stressing individual rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Kevin Lundy, president of Divine Mercy Supportive Care, will speak on “Catholic Hospice and Palliative Care: The Divine Mercy Model.”

“As we battle physician-assisted suicide in California, the question of how hospice and palliative care can be an exercise in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, rather than a door-way to forced death, is on everyone’s mind,” Evans said.

The morning begins at 8 a.m. with Mass at the cathedral’s Our Lady of Guadalupe altar, a continental breakfast in St. Francis Hall, and opening prayer and welcome by Archbishop Cordileone at 9 a.m. Adjournment is at noon. The cost is $20. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Vicki Evans at (415) 614-5533 or evansv@sfarch.org. More information is available at sfarchdiocese.org/home/archdiocese/archdiocesan-calendar/2017/04/29/archdiocesan-calendar/catholic-health-care-conference.

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