Health care: a discussion

Participants in this discussion are Jean Stark Hebenstreit, C.S.B., Trustee of The Christian Science Publishing Society; Nathan A. Talbot, C.S.B., Manager of Committees on Publication for the Church of Christ, Scientist; Robert H. MacLachlan, C.S., Manager of The Christian Science Board of Lectureship; and Allison W. Phinney, Jr., C.S.B., Editor of the Church's religious periodicals, who serves as moderator.

Allison W. Phinney, Jr.: Let me start us off by first asking something on behalf of our readers: Why is there a need for a forum on health care when the subject gets so much constant attention?

Nathan A. Talbot: At the same time that the subject is becoming the focus of a growing national debate in the United States, there is also more interest from the public in trying to assess what kind of health care Christian Science provides and whether that form of care is adequate. As our Church by necessity addresses this complex issue, we may also find ourselves in the unique position of serving to indicate why and how society needs to explore some of the broader implications of what actually constitutes health care.

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January 1, 1991

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