Access to the Healthcare Dollar by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Every encounter with a physician suggests that doctors are not the recipients of any government largess. Monthly changes and increased requirements for documentation have placed the physician in a position where he or she must spend more time filling out forms and documentation, leaving little time for the consideration of the poor patient who is rewarded by all of this with decreased attention. The primary care physician is given the least amount of reembursement and has to cut the amount of time he spends with each patient if he is to make a living. The specialists, who the patients are sent to, have limited horizons and the poor patient with more than one illness may get conflicting treatments by more than one specialist.

In contrast to the above consider the medical suppliers and the pharmaceutical companies. The use of used equipment is not allowed. Used wheelchairs even though thay have low mileage cannot be used. This is true of all medical equipment and certainly does little to lower the cost of medical care.  I recently saw an ad on television advertising three books on diabetic diets that care covered by Medicare and would not require any payment.

I think that a revision of many of the methods and procedures that Medicare and the insurance companies use in distributing their money deserve a little more consideration and perhaps a little imput from the physicians who are the real individuals who direct medical care and treat patients.

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 “Access to the Healthcare Dollar by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

  1. Diane Haugen
    February 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

    An interesting article by Neil H. Buchanan on why economists can’t solve real world problems. He doesn’t specifically mention the disastrous payment policies in health care, but it doesn’t take much to see the relevance to health care.

    Why Are So Many Economists So Unable to Help With the Ongoing Economic
    Crisis? Understanding What the Economics Profession Rewards and Penalizes

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