Reaching the physicians of tomorrow with free-market principles

The Associated Press reports on the rising tide of free-market, limited government thought in medical schools through the Benjamin Rush Institute (known as Benjamin Rush Society at the time of this article):

A new conservatism is beginning to emerge on some college campuses, spurred in part by opposition to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Modeled after The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, which has molded several generations of legal thinkers at the nation’s law schools, this new wave of conservative thinkers is looking to take root in graduate schools of business, medicine and foreign policy.

One of the fastest-growing conservative alternatives is the Benjamin Rush Society, whose members support a free-market, limited government approach to medicine. The organization says its ranks have swelled since passage of the federal Affordable Care Act.

“Thirty to 40 years ago, the rule of law was a joke. It wasn’t taken seriously,” said Dr. Beth Haynes, executive director of the Rush society, named for an 18th Century physician who signed the Declaration of Independence. “It had no intellectual weight to it upon law campuses. That’s a very similar place to where free market in academic medicine is. It’s considered laughable.”

“I want to get free market back to the point where it’s a respectable point of view that has to be seriously considered. There’s no way that can happen until students are aware of what that really means, and they start having conversations,” he said.

Free-market thought also has a presence in business schools through the Adam Smith Society and in law schools through the Federalist Society.