Social Needs

A recent survey by Harris Interactive found that eighty-five percent of primary care physicians and pediatricians say unmet social needs are directly leading to worse health for all Americans.  Only 20% of doctors feel confident or very confident in their ability to address those needs.   Being a doc in the trenches for the last 17 years, I agree with this.  This is just another reason why “quality” indicators are bogus because there is no solutions for doctors to use to fix the personal lives of their patients.   This is common sense and one of the factors that hurt the No Child Left Behind Movement in education.   The evidence keeps piling up against this type of payment model.

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] 

  1 comment for “Social Needs

  1. Pat Nagle
    January 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Once again I’m impressed by the similarities between medicine and public education. Both are having their practice defined by ignorant beancounters and venal interests.

    I wonder if Handel’s Messiah would be a better piece of music if we cut it down to two measures-get the damn thing over with, fewer paid hours for the performers, lower light bill for the concert hall, etc.

    I also suspect that each Congressperson’s office costs 10 times more to run than it did in 1940. Surely if their office/travel budgets were halved, they would be twice as efficient?

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