Access Controversy Revisited

Josh over at Atlas.MD was kind enough to respond to a lot of questions by people on the topic Access Controversy.  I would love to keep the conversation going.  Please take a look at his thoughts and grill him if you feel the need.     It is in relation to  recent Journal of the American Medical Association study which showed that patients with online access actually scheduled more visits.   Click the first link to read the comments but give your input in the link below.

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] 

  1 comment for “Access Controversy Revisited

  1. Marlene Sell
    January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

    I don’t believe for a second a doctor will ever see these emails. As for coming to office for an exam, forget it. Dr’s never touch their patients nowdays. I see my Dr. three times a year, have had every test known to mankind but haven’t had a physical in close to 15 years. Not just me, all of my friends complain of the same thing. The office visit pretty much goes like this: “How are you today?”, “insert patient complaint”, “ok, get these tests done and I’ll see you in four months”. Seldom hear any test result but the insurance company sure gets billed. I’m giving up! Oh yes, I consider myself a very good patient, I never bother the office for anything. Wouldn’t do any good if I did.

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