The Dentist Plan

Here is a really nice article on how dentists have fought the right battles since 1965.  They didn’t join Medicare.  They balance bill.  And they protect their territory or scope of work.  Should we have followed?

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] 

  4 comments for “The Dentist Plan

  1. big picture doc
    July 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Yes, but it is easier for them to turn patients away because society has deemed that dental care is not medical care.

  2. David Lubin, MD
    July 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    what’s up with this…you have to subscribe to the WSJ to continue reading the article!!!!

    • Doug Farrago
      July 17, 2012 at 8:08 am

      Hmmmm….nothing I can do, I guess. Just google the article’s name and see if another source has it.

      • arf
        July 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm

        It works like this.

        Google the title of the article. In this case:
        “The Health PAC to Watch? Dentists”

        Google that phrase. Among the hits, you will find the Wall Street Journal link.……..I believe is the exact website.

        Click that link, and you will get through to the full article. I believe the number of times you can click through to the same article is limited.

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