“Everything which might cause doubt about the wisdom of the government or create discontent will be kept from the people. The basis of unfavorable comparisons with elsewhere, the knowledge of possible alternatives to the course actually taken, information which might suggest failure on the part of the government to live up to its promises or to take advantage of opportunities to improve conditions—all will be suppressed. There is consequently no field where the systematic control of information will not be practiced and uniformity of views not enforced.” ~Friedrich Hayek, The Road to Serfdom
“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
“I do not know when physicians allowed themselves to be called “providers” but I do know that no positive change will happen to our toxic and unsustainable health care system until we stop accepting it.” ~Jacob Chevlin, OU-HCOM MS2020
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.
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 […]
Helping spread free market health policy: “Getting back to Nigeria, I wanted to tell as many people as I could about how we can improve our system, and what is wrong with the direction in which we are headed. Talking to small groups, friends and colleagues, I am glad that I have been able to make medical students and residents see the changes that can be for medical practice in Nigeria. Thankfully we now have our BRI chapter at the University of Ibadan ready to fly!” ~Aishat Olanlege, BRI-LC2015 attendee, and Nigerian medical student
One big benefit of BRI membership to medical students is our ability to support them in obtaining meaningful, interesting, and educational internships. John Flo, BRI-Saint Louis University president shares his experience of a summer Heritage Foundation internship.
[Ed. Note: Waqas Khan is a doctor, and produces “Healthcare Not Fair,” a web series based on scenarios from a real life physician. In fact, you might notice that Dr. Khan remarkably resembles ‘Dr. I Am Sorry.’ From WK Production’s website: “Our effort is to educate and bring awareness about the serious and sensitive […]
Both seasoned and relatively new leaders alike had the floor to talk about best practices for running a successful Chapter, and highlight other work they’ve done outside of BRI and with our support. We are pleased to bring you the video of their presentations.