Desocializing American Medicine

Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Join us in person for a healthcare conference in RRH 3.310.

Our national conversation of how to fix American healthcare is based on a decades-long pretense: that America has a free market in medicine, or had one until recently. Reforming American healthcare has been a question of whether, or how quickly, America should join the rest of the developed world in adopting socialized medicine. But Americans have lived under mostly socialized medicine since the advent of Medicare in 1965, and the state of the American healthcare market was hardly free prior to that. 

Despite pockets of vitality, American healthcare is sick. Yet we have been offered different variations of more socialized medicine as the only cure. This event offers a radical and new cure: desocializing American medicine.

Join us for a series of talks and panels by philosophers and physicians who demonstrate that: (1) it is has always been the lack of freedom in medicine that causes the problems to which socialization and regulation are demanded as solutions; (2) a truly free market in medicine is a moral and practical imperative; and (3) there are practicable first steps that would improve the healthcare of Americans in the short term by moving us (longer-term) in the direction of this ideal.


‘Freeing the Medical Mind’ By Greg Salmieri, Senior Scholar, Salem Center for Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin.

‘Government and American Medicine: a brief history’ By Amesh Adalja MD, FACP, FACEP, FIDSA.

‘How to Desocialize Medicine’ By Don Watkins, best selling author and communications expert.