October 25, 2013
Dr. Keith Smith, far right, an anesthesiologist who started Surgery Center of Oklahoma, looks on as Dr. Don McGinnis, left, and physician’s assistant Steve Popielec, right, perform a surgery at the center Oct. 10 in Oklahoma City. Through a website called Medibid, some patients who pay out of pocket for their care are soliciting doctors, hospitals and medical centers, including this one, to bid to perform non-emergency procedures.
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Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself — and his employer — thousands of dollars on his surgery.
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