It’s the Compliance Issue, Stupid

I found this in a WSJ article.  The article is here but this information should put to bed the argument that doctors be paid depending on how well their patients labs, blood pressure or weight is.  Granted, we can always build better systems to improve complaince but in the end it is a personal choice by the patient.

Medication Nation

  • 32 million Americans take three or more medications daily.
  • Nearly 75% of Americans report not always taking their medications as prescribed.
  • Almost 30% of Americans stop taking their medicine before it runs out.
  • Only about half of patients with high blood pressure take their prescribed doses of drugs

Source: PhRMA; National Council on Patient Information and Education; WSJ reporting

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 “It’s the Compliance Issue, Stupid

  1. big picture doc
    February 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Amen to that

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