In Nigeria, we have generally been taught to believe that out of pocket payments are archaic, and insurance is the best way to access healthcare. I was quite surprised to find out that a group of physicians in the United States were going back to a semblance of this “archaic” model, and I was interested in learning about what they were doing.
Healing Our Healers Through the Patient-Doctor Relationship: Speaker and student presentations from BRI’s 5th Annual Leadership Conference in St. Louis, MO.
Despite the potential problems, the ideas presented at this conference were discussed with a sense of optimism for the field that I had not previously encountered, and I walked away understanding that there are many opportunities after graduation that extend beyond just being someone else’s employee.
Last September, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the American Academy of Private Physicians’ (AAPP) annual conference to learn about the most current state of private medicine. Many attendees at the conference were physicians looking to start their own private practice or a concierge practice, and many were looking for tips to enhance current […]
We need all 320 million Americans asking “irrational” questions about healthcare. Questions that challenge the assumptions of the system like, “Why do I get more time with my hairdresser than my doctor?”
“Family practice is not what it used to be. You’ve gone through too much school and assumed too much debt not to go on and specialize in something.”
In a humble conference room in St. Louis, medical student attendees heard eight speakers from diverse backgrounds enlighten them about the promise of healthcare freedom and protecting the patient-doctor relationship, and showed them—as future doctors—how they can be excited again about a positive future in medicine.
I showed my friend a surgery center’s website with posted prices. He asked why posting prices helped control them. I said, “I actually don’t know, but I need to figure that out.” That event set in motion a positive feedback mechanism of curiosity about the nature of free markets, especially in terms of their benefits to healthcare delivery. I now understand the economic principles that are fundamental to optimum outcomes.
“I encourage all BRI medical students to get involved in healthcare policy at the state level, as it does affect all doctors and patients. It is a great platform to spread free market ideas and create a medical environment where the patient-doctor relationship can thrive.” ~Trenton Schmale, BRI-Founder & President, MUCOM
“One challenge facing direct primary care (DPC) is issue of vaccines… High vaccine costs make it prohibitive for DPC doctors to offer them as part of their fee structure. Discussing topics like this helps me expand my understanding of how health care, policy, and the free market interplay has very real consequences for our patients.” Mit Shah, OSUMC