My Doctor by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)


Once upon a time, as all old stories begin, people used to talk about “my doctor”. Recently one hears this remark far less frequently. Today people are more apt to mention my “primary care” or “the doctor they sent me to” or  the ER doc, and so forth. What happened to my  doctor  and what changed?  The answer is really  quite simple. The doctor no longer works for you, he works for the insurance company or the corporation that employs him.  His loyalty has shifted from his patients to some other more distant  entity which provides him with a monetary return. Most people, even doctors, try to please the entity that provides their financial rewards. The relationship that once existed between doctors and their patients has been fractured but it is remembered with great fondness by  many doctors as well as patients. Progress is not  always in an upward direction.

Editor’s note: Amen!

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 “My Doctor by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

  1. big picture doc
    February 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Hurray for that great relationship. However “trusted” doctors used to lovingly yank the tonsils out of just about every kid that came into their office, and they dispensed unlabeled pills. If Doc said to take the “little green pills”, well, then the patient took them, no questions asked. I like to be empowered. Yes, have a great relationship with your doc, but make it a two way street.

  2. February 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Ted, spot on. To that I must add, “What happened to my patient? When did clients in the office become so angry, and why is it so often directed at me? Where did their expectations come from, and why do they think I can meet them perfectly, and on the cheap? “

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