Why do we need an organization devoted to free market advocacy in medicine, but not in computers like the one I’m writing this post on? Dr. Doug McGuff* opened the 2016 meeting of the Free Market Medical Association (FMMA) by explaining how we got to where we are—a system with the superficial trappings of a […]
Over and over I heard the same thing: The AMA doesn’t represent us, the AMA is irrelevant, the AMA is corrupt. The same thing for the national specialty societies: The American Academy of Family Medicine doesn’t get it, the American College of Physicians is out of touch, the American Board of Pediatrics is too busy on political issues. “But wait,” I’d ask…”I’m talking about your STATE and COUNTY medical societies.” Blank stares.
I lost the battle, but I was determined to win the war. I still believed that there was an option out there that returned insurance to its rightful place as a hedge against catastrophic expenses. In addition, people deserve an insurance option that does not force them to subsidize healthcare practices that they find morally offensive. ~John Flo, BRI-SLU chapter founder and past-president
The ACA (aka Obamacare), includes a section which prevents any newly constructed physician-owned hospital from participating in Medicare. Any already existing physician-owned hospital that expands will also be excluding from Medicare. This part of the health care law was created as part of a deal to obtain the support of non-physician-owned hospitals–many of which claim […]
From my article published in the Huffington Post 4/29/2013: How many Americans have proper health insurance? Most estimates in the news are that 50 million individuals — 15 percent of Americans — are without health insurance. But in fact, very few Americans have health insurance… because what people call health insurance really isn’t insurance at […]
When one is focused on negatives, desiring government involvement in an area like healthcare is not surprising. If we were able to divorce ourselves psychologically from politics, would that help us see all the benefits our country has to offer? We need to be focusing on our country’s positives, including our advanced level of medical care.
Another great article on direct-pay medicine–and how it can bring down the cost of health care and how how health insurance drives up prices. The piece includes some great links to classic articles on insurance (Cochrane) and free market medicine (Friedman) that are worth your time to read. Article by Jim Epstein published by reason.com […]
“We should be suspicious about the truth of prices if we ask healthcare insurance and other third party vendors whose livelihood depends on high prices. But what if there were a scenario in which third parties were optional, and knew that they needed to provide value, or find another line of business?” ~John Flo, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
On Aug. 20, thousands of people came together across the country to raise awareness of medical student and physician suicide and depression. Physicians rank among the highest in suicides; and, we lose an average of 400 medical students—roughly the size of an entire medical school—each year, to suicide. The event’s main organizer, Lacey Kohlmoos, discusses how the events went, and what other projects are in the offing.
People outside of our movement may call us uninformed, selfish, even radical. In his typically provocative way, Dr. Smith embraces these comments, playfully referencing Star Wars, calling conference attendees “rebel scum.” Yes, we are certainly rebels—rebels for the cause of free, principled medicine.