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Keith Smith on Free Market Health Care

Keith Smith on Free Market Health Care

Update: 2019-11-1829
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Entrepreneur and Anesthesiologist Keith Smith of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma talks with host Russ Roberts about what it's like to run a surgery center that posts prices on the internet and that does not take insurance. Along the way, he discusses the distortions in the market for health care and how a real market for health care might function if government took a smaller role.
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London Rhodes

I was fascinated and then the bomb dropped. This guy doesn’t employer staff. He doesn’t have administrative cost because he doesn’t have a staff. All of his staff work other places where their getting 401(k) and retirement benefits.

Dec 13th
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Gordon Caylor

This episode was inspirational and reassuring. At times it seems I'm the only person who understands that all of these government ir otherwise subsidized "freebies" are actually more expensive... financially, economically, morally, personally and politically... than services available through the consumer driven market.

Nov 28th
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stinky rex

very good episode! didn't score very high on the drinking game but learned a lot about the alternatives for health care.

Nov 26th
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PoptheBubble ChartLeaks

Thanks for this. I'm trying to figure out my opinions on political issues. Intuitively I lean towards the right economically but towards the left socially. The little discussion that I've seen on the left about healthcare just don't feel right. I'd like to hear more about protecting marginalized people in a market context.

Nov 18th
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