On November 1 – 2, over 60 physicians from across the country, including three Benjamin Rush Institute Student Chapter medical students, attended the 2-day Physicians Summit 2013 in Dallas, TX. The purpose of the Summit was to give information — factual and inspirational — to physicians seeking a better way to practice medicine other than under the thumb of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
Throughout the event, attendees were presented with first hand accounts how doctors from Oregon to Florida are making a better life for themselves and their patients by not succumbing to Obamacare. They presented variations on the Direct Pay medical model, with many survival tips and techniques. Other speakers provided advice about online reputation protection, marketing, innovation, entrepreneurial- and business-oriented thinking, and investment advice. Sponsors included offshore asset and precious metal investment account managers, health and wellness products, practice transition services, and non-profit doctor organizations who work together for positive healthcare policy.
Many doctors feel overwhelmed and discouraged about government inroads taken in healthcare, where real issues are not being solved, and more onerous problems are created daily. The Physicians Summit 2013 was a bright star in a dark night where medical professionals were able to envision a realistic, brighter future for themselves. It was a boost to the three attending students, too, as this is part of the future they are facing as well.
I don’t throw around the word “inspiring” a lot … but those presentations earned it. How wonderful to see practice models that leverage market forces to provide care to patients that the left (thinks) can’t be served in a freer system. Seeing the (physicians’) job satisfaction also (had) an impact, and left me feeling much more hopeful for my own future.” ~ Sameer Lakha, medical student, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
Sameer further stated, “I thought the event was a lot of fun, and I’m glad that I was able to go with BRI’s help! It was a great mix of free-market health policy, private practice nuts-and-bolts, some personal finance tips, and the intersections of those areas. I think it’s helpful to hear about some of the nuts-and-bolts aspects of running a business while in medical school. Many students might find it intimidating at first glance – and it is, rightfully so. However, knowing what sorts of issues/challenges/resources/considerations are out there is important if one is ever going to go into the world of private practice. It’s the same thing with the personal finance stuff, thought admittedly I am nowhere near there yet as far as my situation goes. Your point about how thoroughly pervasive the “ickiness” of money is in medical culture was also well put, and well worth reflecting on. For me, the highlight was hearing about the cash-only practices (both the dermatologist and the two primary care practices).”
Plans are already underway for The Physicians Summit 2014, with more speakers, more sponsors and supporters. Stay tuned!