Choosing Better

The above is an ad from the UK.  They pound their population to make sure they get the right care and also save the system money.  I agree with this author from the Boston Globe who thinks it should be done here as well.    That being said, I am sure we can put some funnier things in the bubbles above to lighten the mood.   For example, how about “I wonder if my third pregnancy test will come up positive?”.    Or, “I sure could use some narcotics to sell on the street”.    Give me some more!  I know you guys out there have seen more patients than this “doc in training” who wrote the Globe piece.

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] 

  2 comments for “Choosing Better

  1. Jody
    March 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    It does look like the EDs are mostly urgent care centers, so why not split out an urgent care department and quickly triage incoming patients to the appropriate department?
    You don’t even need to name this new place, just send non urgents through door number one, and urgents to door number 2? And maybe the kiddies go to door number 3 with a special ped’s department.
    Shouldn’t have to staff up, same patients, same staff, just a different way of handling them.
    Oh, how about putting Interns and medical students in the urgent care area, might make it a bit of a disincentive to go there vs your own PCP… 😛

  2. Pat
    March 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

    “My primary care doctor quit” (Should not have wanted more government in medicine)

    “As long as I’m here, I want my three sticky and loud children to be checked out too” (Should have been sterilized after the first one she couldn’t afford)

    “I haven’t filled my prescription that I was given last night, and I still don’t feel any better” (Should be given permanent [mental] disability, or seek work as a TSA agent)

    “I haven’t moved my bowels in 24 hours, and even though I don’t have any symptoms, I have Medicare, so I thought you’d want to check me out” (Is about to experience the joys of a full bottle of Mag Citrate)

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