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Oklahoma University Health Science Center—TOUR: Surgery Center of Oklahoma

October 25, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Surgery Center of Oklahoma

Please join the BRI-OUHSC chapter for a tour of Dr. Keith Smith’s Surgery Center of Oklahoma, one of the first direct pay, price transparent surgery centers in the world. Come and see a real, live medical business thriving without insurance companies and unreasonable regulatory interference.

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POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Nine students visited the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and received a tour from Dr. Keith Smith, one of the co-founders of the institution. Dr. Smith not only showed the participants the facilities, but explained the thought process behind the design and layout of the building. As a large number of attendees were first and second year medical students, Dr. Smith explained the importance and convenience of a well designed facility to help maximize the value of care patients receive.

This event allowed participants to learn more about Free-Market medical practices, medical tourism (domestic and international), and physician designed/owned/controlled practice settings. Dr. Smith not only gave us a history on the process of opening a free market health care service, but he also taught and explained the way health care pricing currently works in free-market and non-for profit institutions.

As a group, everyone was very pleased with how informative and enthusiastic Dr. Smith was. He offers an alternative viewpoint to academic medicine, which received positive feedback from many attendees. Other students who did not respond as positively raised concerns over the diversity of those doctors (there were few women) who practice at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma and how to apply this model outside of surgery and primary care.” ~Samantha Kelly, OUHSC-BRI secretary

Students of the OUCOM chapter of BRI visited the Surgery Center of Oklahoma to learn about the efficient and affordable healthcare provided by this physician owned and run facility. The tour not only gave students a chance to meet and talk with co-founder Dr. Smith, but it also provided an opportunity to hear about emergent healthcare practices following the same or similar models to the Surgery Center of Oklahoma.” ~Student participant


October 25, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Benjamin Lentz