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Cutting out the Third Party in Medical Care

‘Three years ago, Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder and managing partner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, took an initiative that would only be considered radical in the health care industry: He posted online a list of prices for 112 common surgical procedures. The 51-year-old Smith, a self-described libertarian, and his business partner, Dr. Steve Lantier, founded the Surgery Center 15 years ago, after they became disillusioned with the way patients were treated at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the two men worked as anesthesiologists. In 1997, Smith and Lantier bought the shell of a former surgical center with the aim of creating a for-profit facility that could deliver first-rate care at a fraction of what traditional hospitals charge.’

And it appears that they’ve been very successful in accomplishing their purpose.



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  1. David Buchner

    What’s the deal with these conglomerates of hospitals and clinics changing their names all the time?

    And what the heck kind of word is “INTEGRIS”?

    Our local one used to be something I can’t remember, and then it became “INNOVIS” and now it’s “ESSENTIA”. Those aren’t even words. Who comes up with this crap?

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  2. SydneyKendall

    LOL, David! They do seem sort of wanky. Are they Latin, perhaps?

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