A Big Leak by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

Physicians should help to make patients understand why medical care has become more expensive in the United States than anywhere else in the world. This has been accomplished by our HMOs, hospitals, various medical service and insurance providers with at least a little help from the pharmaceutical industry. All of these mighty entities are generous advertisers. Every dollar they spend telling us how good they are increases what we have to pay. The physician’s fees are utilized by numerous entities, all of whom rely on what can be obtained by taking their percentage off the top.  A drive along one of the roads that shelters several health insurance companies lends heavy support to the cost of medical care. All of the hundreds of cars in their parking lots are operated by employees of the company they work for and all of the wages they earn are paid for by our patients. All of the individuals that work in the healthcare field state that they want to see the cost of medical care reduced, except of course, if it would in any way effect their income. The drainage of a large portion of the healthcare dollar into the many entities that stand between the patient and his physician or hospital is in a “flood” stage. I doubt that the leak can be fixed or even ameliorated easily. The incomes earned by our medical insurance companies as well as many hospital administrators also supports a very large number of lobbyists who look after their interests with great diligence while doing little for us or our patients.

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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  1. Pat says:

    Not to mention the army of bureaucrats that make up Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, at state and federal levels, and the hordes of retirees and pre-seniors and welfare dependents, all of whom are built-in lobbyists for the biggest insurer of them all.

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