Are Physicians Really Smarter? By Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Once upon a time physicians were allowed to admit that we did not know everything. This is no longer acceptable by many of the organizations that pay.  A diagnosis of “undiagnosed condition” was once upon a time admissible. I am not sure that all physicians have become much smarter. Unfortunately, at the present time, a diagnosis is needed if payment is to be made by most entities that pay physicians fees. In the interest of both our professional integrity as well as the possible errors that can be incorporated into a patient’s “Electronic Medical Record”, I would hope that the luxury of being intellectually honest could be restored to our profession without penalty.



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] 

  2 comments for “Are Physicians Really Smarter? By Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

  1. John Parkin
    February 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

    An old GP I once knew would occasionally write “GOK” for a diagnosis. God Only Knows. I’d like to see that in the ICD 10. ESP

  2. Ken
    February 9, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    “Undiagnosed condition”–I sure would love to be able to use this diagnosis. It sure beats “irritable bowel syndrome” and “fibromyalgia” in terms of honesty.

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