Doug Farrago

We Need to Get Data to the Private Payers!

The AAFP Smartbrief came out with their newsletter and one of their topics ended with this proclamation: “Health care professionals need to do a better job collecting data, and accurate data are needed in a timely fashion to allow private payers to make decisions, experts said.” This was in reference an article titled Data Analytics Can…

Smells Like Profit by Pat Conrad MD

It would be far more rewarding to write a review of a top-tier bourbon, say, Pappy Van Winkle, but no, we’ll have to discuss his snoozy ancestor, Rip.  As in slept for the last 20-plus years.  As in, “YOU IDIOTS, NONE OF THIS IS NEW!” Sigh.  Our cowed society having apparently slept through the marvels…

Over Four Year Wait For a Neurologist

Oh, you thought this occurred here in America?  Silly goose.  No, our system is just unaffordable due to the insurance companies and the fact that a true free market model is NOT allowed to work.  That being said you can get into a specialist’s office in a reasonable time.  No, this is all about Canada and…

Saving Doctors From Burnout?

I mock the AAFP hard when they attempt to “fix” our burnout?  They are a joke. Why?  Because they agreed to everything that has caused our burnout and they have no new answers.  On the other hand,  Katherine Restrepo wrote this great piece in Forbes called Direct Primary Care: Saving Doctors From Burnout  and you should read…

Enemy of the People by Pat Conrad MD

Fifteen or so years ago, I was watching Bill O’Reilly work himself up into a froth over medical costs, and he got particularly exercised over some specialists making huge paychecks; his retort, “C’mon, no doctor needs to make more than say, $400,000” rang a little hollow coming from a multi-millionaire commentator.  Suffice it to say,…

Quote of the Week: Nolan Bushnell

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.” Nolan Bushnell, entrepreneur. (Click here…

Physician Foundation Study and Time

The Physicians Foundation 2017 Patient Survey found that 95 percent of patients were somewhat or very satisfied with their overall relationship with their physician, and 80 percent said they had thought very little or not at all about changing physicians. Unfortunately, it also found that ONLY 11 percent of patients and 14 percent of physicians have all the…