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St. Louis University School of Medicine — Lecture: How Free Markets Benefit the Poor

October 2, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


NOTE: This event takes place in the Central Time Zone.

BRI Haynes Beth Executive DirectorDr. Beth Haynes, BRI Executive Director and former emergency room physician, will deliver her talk Poverty as a Determinant of Health — Markets as the Cure wherein she discusses the demonstrably beneficial effects of free market forces for those who are most at risk. Specifically, we will discuss how unfettered enterprise can make healthcare more affordable and more accessible to everyone. There is a common misunderstanding among medical students that a free market neglects the poor, and that healthcare management demands government intervention. Dr. Haynes will shed some light on the false premises at the heart of this issue.

All are welcome at BRI events.

Lunch will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated.

Visitor parking: Hickory East Garage, 3424 Hickory Street, St. Louis, MO 63104


TWENTY-FIVE students attended and responded favorably to Dr. Haynes’ presentation — asking questions throughout the lecture and staying after to discuss the topic further. 

Dr. Haynes’ pointed out that the problems we see in healthcare are a part of the larger problem in our country (and the world) — poverty. She suggested that in order to truly help people afford healthcare, we need to find ways to stimulate the economy and help them generate wealth for themselves. Based on history, the best way to accomplish this goal is through free market principles.

John Flo, BRI-President SLU and lecture organizer, believes many students have a short-sighted view of how to solve the current problems in healthcare, and Dr. Haynes’ lecture speaks precisely to a longer term, more solid foundation for better policy answers than short-sighted government programs. Many quality questions were asked. BRI-SLU was honored to host Dr. Haynes, and served The Vine sandwiches for lunch.

Additionally, after the lecture, BRI-SLU held its first “Medicine on the Rocks” event for Friday night. Seven students and the BRI officers attended. The attending students have come to other BRI-SLU events and three have applied to be officers next semester.


October 2, 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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John Flo
(314) 973-3564


Learning Resource Center Rm. #113
Schwitalla Hall, 1402 S Grand Blvd
St Louis, MO 63104 United States
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