The Western Health Care Leadership Academy Conference in San Diego provided an amazing review and discussion of health care policy. While everyone was unified in the goal of make health care more affordable while protecting physician quality of life, diverse opinions were represented regarding how to reach that end.
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?”
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
“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
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.
“Price transparency is the first step toward establishing a true healthcare market. The next steps will likely include tools that help patients shop safely, then return patients’ money to their own pockets so that they can decide how best to spend it. Patients have been operating from within the proverbial cave for too long, and they are on the verge of seeing the light.” ~John Flo, BRI-Chapter President – St. Louis University School of Medicine
What does true compassion and charity look like? The government is inherently bad at certain activities, such as reducing the cost of healthcare . . . To be truly compassionate healthcare providers, we must make sure that our policy solutions align with reality and are actually able to accomplish our goal of expanding affordable healthcare. ~John Flo, BRI Chapter leader—St. Louis University School of Medicine