Doug Farrago

Were You Recognized Yesterday for Doctor’s Day?

Yesterday was Doctor’s Day.  When I first started in medicine, working for a hospital, there used to be luncheons for doctors. Then it became a small gift.  Then maybe a card and meal discount.  Not longer after it was an email. Finally, there was nothing. Today I work for myself but my assistant got me…

Happy Doctor’s Day 2018!

Every year I try to make a point to wish every physician Happy Doctor’s Day! You may think this is a bogus holiday or occasion but it isn’t. While nurses get a week and other groups may get a month, we only get a day. One freaking day! And even then most hospital employers will…

Quote of the Week: Gladiator

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” Maximus, Gladiator movie (Editor’s Note: This is why you grind every day as a doctor.) (Want to be reminded of some of our controversial, entertaining and motivational articles?  No one else is giving you the inside scoop to what is really going on in our healthcare system.…

Please, I Don’t Wanna Nag by Pat Conrad MD

Not to pile on…(see “Social Determinants”.) Maybe the biggest obstacle in returning control of health care to actual physicians is one of simple numbers.  Much as I hate the term “stakeholder”, there are so many self-appointed of those circling around health care, all protecting and expanding their turf and their pointlessness, that they simply overwhelm physicians…

Hey Doc, How About Some More Things To Be Responsible For?

This just came via email from the AAFP: The EveryONE Project screening tools and resources help physicians recognize and respond to social factors that impact patient health. Screening questions have been tested, validated and designed to reveal the specific hurdles patients face. Achieve healthier outcomes — for everyone. Uh….what?  Who has time for this?  As…

Medical Bankruptcies

Let me start off this blog entry with a couple of caveats.  One, ANY medical bankruptcy is too many.   Second, I do not want to make this a partisan political thing.  There are ways around that. According to an analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine, hospitalizations cause only about 4 percent of…

Did You Get A 61% Pay Raise Recently?

As patients struggle to pay for their premiums and their medications, this dude just got some good news. Pfizer CEO Ian Read got a 61% pay raise—to $27.9 million—as their drug prices continue to climb. How much?  In a recent three-week span, the company hiked 116 drug prices as much as 9.46 percent. Additionally, Pfizer…

The Feminine Touch by Pat Conrad MD

Maybe it’s just a slow news month over at Medical Economics, or maybe getting ad revenues is (still) getting tougher for them.  Their piece “More women than ever flocking to med school” comes off as more of the patronizing sweetness I thought we were all supposed to be getting away from.  Alison Whelan, MD, chief medical education…

Friday Funny: Erectile Dysfunction from Family Guy

This one cracks me up. Dr. Hartman is absurd but there are some true nuggets in here. Enjoy.

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Quote of the Week: Stephen Hawking

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” Stephen Hawking RIP (Want to be…