Doug Farrago

Quote of the Week

Our first reaction to most others statements or opinions is an evaluation or judgment, rather than an understanding of it. It’s time we start to permit ourselves to understand what the meaning of the statement is to the other person. Martin Luther King Jr. I thought of this during the whole Chick-fil-A craziness.  Here is another quote I found…

Tell Sanjay What You Think

I like a few different doctors who are television personalities.   One of them is Sanjay Gupta from CNN.  He is a neurosurgeon and so he does not know what it is like to be in the trenches of the healthcare system.  That being said, he just wrote a nice piece for the NYT entitled…

Fifty Percent

I am biased.  I have repeatedly pointed out that the “quality” fad is a sham and unproven. I have offered up study after study to this blog (and my former employer in Maine) showing that there is no proof that quality initiatives improve patient care or even lower the cost of healthcare.  I admit my…

Let The Character Assassination Begin

I told you about the moronic lawyer trying to sue after the Aurora shooting.   Now comes the media and the world trying to put blame on the psychiatrist who was seeing this criminal.  This article is entitled Details emerge on psychiatrist of Colorado massacre gunman and they quickly try to go on to destroy…

Be Well And Be Private by Pat Conrad MD

This past week has featured reports of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr (D-Il) being checked into the Mayo Clinic for clinical depression.  Ordinarily that would raise my suspicions, consistent with my well-founded distrust of politicians, preachers and their relatives, and do-gooders in general..  One recalls the odiously transparent spectacle of Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s recent traffic stop-and-rehab…

A Doctor Shortage Near You

Sometimes I am amazed at the ignorance of the media.  The NYT just put out an article entitled “Doctor shortage likely to worsen with health care law“.   You think?  I have and others have been saying that for years.  The ACA (Affordable Healthcare Act) really kicks in in 2014.  The Association of American Medical…

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…