SaveOn This

A new program called SaveOn, by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, has Massachusetts members directed to hospitals or medical facilities that charge less for the same tests.  They first call  a “clinical concierge’’ service and then receive a check  ranging from $10 to $75.   Eric H. Schultz, chief executive of Harvard Pilgrim, said this in the Boston Globe article:

“Doctors are still referring patients for diagnostics based on the way they’ve always done it, without regard for the cost. But we can’t sit around and accept behavior that drives costs up with little or no impact on quality.’’

I am all for saving costs but I just love how the problem is placed on the doctors’ shoulders by this dude.    Hey, Eric, if you care about cost then lower your rates!  Stop taking control out of our hands as if you or your minions know any better.




Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]