Are Doctors Still Needed?

A survey of 1,100 U.S. patients by Accenture, a management consulting and technology services company, found that 90% of patients want tools such as online medical record access and appointments to self-manage their health care. But nearly the same percentage (85%) say they want to preserve their in-person interactions with their physicians when needed.

What?!?  How dare they want to meet with a real, live, authentic doctor?  That’s preposterous!  You can’t create a healthcare system that sabotages and handcuffs physicians with these kinds of  absurd demands by patients.  Well, that is going to throw a wrench in the covert plans of hospital administrators nationwide.  How are they going to increase their pay without getting rid of us?

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] 

  5 comments for “Are Doctors Still Needed?

  1. big picture doc
    July 26, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    You are all correct, and yes indeed, it is the private sector and those lovable admins who are making your lives miserable.

  2. Mickey Allen
    July 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I’m going to be off-topic here, but really want to get this out. I just got a new phone book cover with local advertising, and the first thing I saw was an ad for the local chiropractic clinic, and it offered DOT physicals. WTF? How in hell can these guys, who do not learn from the same books as the medical community, be trusted to evaluate a person’s physical qualification to drive? Do all states allow this, or is it just Colorado? This could explain some of the Driving with Dementia gang.

  3. July 26, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Doug, as a patient I love my Dr. but Dr’s never touch their patients anymore, just write orders for test that are usually not needed. We are allowed one complaint each visit. Nobody ever gets a diagnosis. If the patient was allowed to voice all three or four of their complaints, they may not have to wait for 15 years to get a diagnosis like I did.

  4. Diane
    July 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Of course they are need. Who else will put their license and reputation on the line managing all those PA’s who will be doing the doc’s job.

  5. Pat
    July 21, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Of COURSE they are needed – by the personal injury lawyers. How else would those parasites survive?

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