Tell Sanjay What You Think

I like a few different doctors who are television personalities.   One of them is Sanjay Gupta from CNN.  He is a neurosurgeon and so he does not know what it is like to be in the trenches of the healthcare system.  That being said, he just wrote a nice piece for the NYT entitled More Treatments, More Mistakes.  It is a very good article but I am not sure he sees all the reasoning behind the increased testing, etc.   He doesn’t push for tort reform which is a politically charged issue.  He also does not mention ANYTHING about the bogus quality movement which makes doctors overtreat to get their patients’ numbers “euboxic” so they may score better grades.   He asked for “our” thoughts on his Facebook page and I gave some of them to him.  No response yet.  I would love if you also could tell him your thoughts as well either on the NYT website or on Facebook.  And tell ’em Doug sent you.

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 “Tell Sanjay What You Think

  1. jeff weil
    August 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    what was your comment Dr. Farrago?

    • Doug Farrago
      August 9, 2012 at 3:33 am

      Defensive medicine can be somewhat controlled by tort reform but even better, all these new bogus “quality indicators” push for more meds. We physicians are going to be paid depending on our patients’ cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Should we give an old lady more meds because her glyco is 7.1 and systolic BP is 141? No. But our grades will suffer and we get penalized. A new stupid and unproven system that is being forced down our throat that will create “more treatment and more mistakes”.

  2. msdelta
    August 8, 2012 at 10:21 am

    It looks like the facebook page is down now? I just tried to access it and couldnt, but judging from what you’re saying, I’m not surprised LOL

  3. Pat
    August 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    And he leads off with quoting that *$#@(& IOM study from 1999 on medical errors?? That damn study spawned an entire “unnecessary testing” industry” and that’s your lead source? How much maintenance of certification is required to be a CNN talking head?

    • Private practice doc
      August 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      The only requirement to be on CNN is to be a flaming liberal so no he won’t say anything about tort reform, defensive medicine or bad federal programs…….

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