$99,750 Bill For An Ear Wax Removal

Really?  I am all for physician-owned surgical centers but ridiculous bills like this make me sick.   Nothing but greed and they make us all look bad.   That is not what competition and capitalism is all about.  Now Aetna is going to court to fight  over what constitutes fair health care bills.   Why do we need to give these insurance companies more ammo?  You idiots!

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] 

  8 comments for “$99,750 Bill For An Ear Wax Removal

  1. Steve the Tech
    July 6, 2012 at 2:04 am

    Harumph! I’ve removed hundreds of cerumen impactions, so I want my piece of this action! Heck….I’ll settle for 10% of 99,000!!


  2. big picture doc
    July 4, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    Yep, the epidemic of lust for power and money continues to infect many in the private sector, be they “physicians” or big insurance.

  3. July 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Sad, but true. The only surprise is how long it took for Aetna and the other insurance companies to recognize and challenge it. Even if it is “legal,” it certainly is not ethical.

    Another article about the suit, mentions the money being thrown at the surgeons, too.


  4. steve
    July 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    We’re seeing more and more self-referral abuse especially among the so-called In-Office Ancillary Service Exceptions such as Pathology, Imaging, and Radiation Rx. These set-ups are giving honest endeavors a bad name and this practice hurting all of us in many ways.

  5. John Comis
    July 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    cerumen labs are not cheap to run.

    • Doug Farrago
      July 5, 2012 at 8:36 am


  6. Jan
    July 4, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Husband had a sprained ankle a couple of years ago. Went to the ortho & he was generous with the pain meds (refused…since husband like to be functional mentally), but never looked at or manipulated the ankle. I asked him to take a look & he reluctantly bent over & touched the ankle with his index finger. We were billed >$900 for “in office surgery”. I disputed it, and the office response was “Your insurance company paid it. Why worry about it?”. Rising health care costs? They’ll continue, as long as this stuff continues and insurance companies pay without question. (BTW, I asked for a copy of MD notes & there were none.)

  7. Pat
    July 4, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Why do I think that was a misprint?

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