Collegiality by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

The ability and desire of physicians to work together was an attribute that added to the status of the medical profession in the eyes of the public. Physicians shared their knowledge as well as their expertise with their colleagues. Ethics were a major consideration and recognition by their colleagues was considered important.

Today various groups and institutions consider physician collegiality and ethics to be an impediment to their financial goals. Physicians, no longer independent, are expected to submit completely to the wishes and goals of the organization they work for. In acquiescing to the wishes of their non-medical administrative masters, physicians have lost much as well as financially. If a physician or group found a way of doing something better we presented it to our colleages in journals or medical meetings. In our present environmnt the administrators will advertise this and imply that they are the only ones who can do this.

The pride and status that physicians once enjoyed has been lost. I hope that some day physicians will realize how much has been sacrificed on the altars of the insatiable financial institutions that dominate their existence. Physician’s even members of a group or specialty would do wll to remember that they have considerably more in common with other physicians than they do with financial officers and administrators.

It would probably also be well to remember that all advertising that is done costs money and is just an added expense to the cost of medical care that we provide.

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]

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