Doug Farrago

Medical Care 2012 by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

The past few years has seen a gradual increase in the type and expertise of the medical care available. The result has not been an improvement in all of the care that is available. Some aspects of medical care have improved remarkably while at the same time some aspects have been neglected to a large…

The Community Health Center

The Affordable Care Act is providing $9.5 billion for expanded services and $1.5 billion for construction and renovation projects towards community health centers.  Here is the problem. A lot of physicians don’t want to work there.  Researchers analyzed the responses of 129 family physicians working at community health centers and compared them with 764 family…

Why Some Lawyers Are Idiots

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, one lawyer has risen to the forefront to show his greed and lunacy.  His name is Donald Karpel. Torrence Brown, Jr., his client, was in the theater when suspected shooter James Eagen Holmes threw gas canisters and open fired into the crowd lost one of his best…

Administribbles II

In the past, I have showed you a graph noting that there are 5 administrators to one physician in this country.  Here is where I blogged first about Administribbles.  Check that out and then analyze this new graph that once again explains a major reason health care costs so much. Tweet0

Value Received by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

When we buy something we look it over and make a simple decision; is it worth what I will pay for it if I decide to buy it?  The relationship is a direct one between the buyer or supplier and the consumer. In the case of medical care this relationship was also simple prior to…

Marketing Robots

In a new study, researchers searched “online information from 432 hospitals across the country and found nearly half marketed robotic surgery for gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis or cervical cancer. A quarter of those hospitals used boilerplate copy from the robot manufacturer Intuitive Surgical”.  Wow.  Who cares about proof when you are trying to show off,…

Gunfight at the Medicaid Corral

The NYT did a nice summary into the federal government’s attempt to stop Medicaid fraud.  It is like they are gunslingers in a Western showdown.  I have blogged about this before and very much support it.  Unfortunately, it can be a problem when the government gets too aggressive and looks for petty mistakes.  Our medical…

Are Doctors Still Needed?

A survey of 1,100 U.S. patients by Accenture, a management consulting and technology services company, found that 90% of patients want tools such as online medical record access and appointments to self-manage their health care. But nearly the same percentage (85%) say they want to preserve their in-person interactions with their physicians when needed. What?!?…