Dr. G. Keith Smith is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice since 1990. In 1997, he co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, owned by 40 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director, CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice.
In 2009, Dr. Smith launched a website displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility, national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available.
Operation of this free market medical practice, arguably the only one of its kind in the U.S., has gained the endorsement of policymakers and legislators nationally. More and more self-funded insurance plans are taking advantage of Dr. Smith’s pricing model, resulting in significant savings to their employee health plans. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs for all and improve quality of care.
We hear the “repeal and replace” slogan a lot. Pundits such as the socialist editorialist Clarence Page have called Republican leaders out, Sen. Mitch McConnell in particular, for not having a replacement plan for ObamaCare if they can manage to repeal it.
As the small child continues to beg for this and that at the supermarket, the parent’s repeated “No’s” tend to bring out pouting and temper tantrums. Spankings—if you dare— don’t seem to make much difference. Eventually, the parent gets an idea. Instead of “No,” she says, “Not now.”