Doug Farrago

The Sorry State of Medicine by Mary Helen Morrow, MD

I have a “Cash-Practice”…the original DPC. I charge fair prices for excellent care. Seven years ago I decided I could no longer be hostage to insurance companies telling me what my care was worth. I have one staff-person besides myself. We love our patients, our practice and our small rural community. I have watched the state of medical…

Quote of the Week: Martin Luther King Jr.

“I judge people by their own principles – not by my own.” Response from Martin Luther King Jr when asked how, as a pacifist, he could be an admirer of Air Force General Daniel “Chappie” James, then the nation’s highest ranking black officer. Something to think about in these tough times. Source: How to Win…

AAFP and Lice

This is the weekly newsletter from the AAFP.  It’s nice to see the American Academy of Family Practice embracing homeopathy.  Dilution and killing lice seems intuitive.  Nothing like selling out for the almighty dollar.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t take the money but they are supposed to be a respectable organization.  Us on the…

Fool Britannia by Pat Conrad MD

Yesssirrreeee, this is the kind of story I love!  I love it because it is logical, factual, and yet poetic in serving up exactly what is deserved. Last year the British National Health Service found out that it had spent a few billion pounds more than had been allocated, leading to new measures to curb…

The Uncertainty Tax

Insurance rates are going up next year.  Why?  Uncertainty.  It turns out that this is the next excuse for double digit rate increases.  Wouldn’t you like to have a double digit raises EVERY YEAR?  Just tell your boss you don’t know what your expenses will be and you need this guarantee.  The excuses are irrelevant.…

Oregon and Medicaid

It turns out that Oregon has awarded Medicaid health benefits to more than 37,000 people during the past year who earned too much money or otherwise failed to qualify.  And these are just the ones they checked.   This means that taxpayers “provided as much as $191 million of benefits to people who should have been…