Divided Loyalty

I remember the hospital CEO sending out his email complaining that the hospital is low on admissions and that is was becoming a major problem.   This was about seven years ago.  I immediately “replied to all” asking why keeping patients healthy and out of the hospitals wasn’t a good thing?  Immediately he responded that this is NOT what he was saying at all (yeah, right) and then turned the whole conversation into some other “administralian” gobbledygook.  The fact is that a doctor employed by a hospital is and will always be an holy marriage.    Here is a nice editorial from Nate Hentoff of the Cato Institute which discusses this divided loyalty.   I love how he points out the utter bullshit spewed by the AMA in their statement:

“Patient welfare must always come first and not be overridden by the economic interests of hospitals that now employ doctors in ever-growing numbers.”

As if by making this decree the AMA absolves itself of any future problems?   “We told them that patients come first.  Didn’t they read our warning?”  Instead of trying to find ways for doctors to go independent and break free from the shackles of the hospital, they just wave their magic wand, cast a useless spell and move on.  Idiots.

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]