Unfit

I almost needed to go on disability reading this piece from NPR:

In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed. The rise has come even as medical advances have allowed many more people to remain on the job, and new laws have banned workplace discrimination against the disabled. Every month, 14 million people now get a disability check from the government.

It is called Unfit or Work: The startling rise of disability in America and it is put together real well.  You need to read this.

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] 

  9 comments for “Unfit

  1. J. R. Johnson
    March 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    It is a very disturbing trend. Shame on those in our profession who help perpetrate the fraud. I see new patients from time to time who come to me for medical care because their “pain and disability doctor” doesn’t manage blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease etc.

  2. Patricia Lafaye
    March 28, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Listening to Public Radio yesterday I was made aware of companies doing business for the specific purpose of moving people off the states’ welfare rolls onto the federal payroll. There are boiler room setups where phone calls are made daily for this purpose and the employees are paid based upon the number of people actually transferring (with their guidance) from state to federal. This is a “legitimate” business we are led to believe.

  3. Raymond Stone
    March 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    This is a deeply disturbing problem with devastating effects for generations. Daily, we primary care doctors are confronted with patients that don’t or cant find work. Hell, my own family is populated with them! Tough love goes a long way and truly these patients will not be lead happy, productive and meaningful lives on the disability roles. They say that water seeks the least resistant path and I believe that some folks just take the path of least resistance believing it is easier. In the long run, it is the more difficult and more destructive pathway on a personal and national level. Financially we as a nation cannot have a major percentage of our able body workers on the dole! C’MON MAN!!!

  4. otterwoman
    March 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    This is so sickening. The worst part is the last sentence, implying that the people who worked hard all their lives and earned social security will be bankrupted by people scamming the system.
    Another big scam I see all the time where I work: bogus worker’s comp claims. HUGE.

  5. DrHockey
    March 27, 2013 at 10:31 am

    As Dr. Timberlake alludes to in the article, education is the key. Our country needs to invest more money and resources in education, and treat teachers (as well as everyone else) nicer, to make our country more productive and less dependent.

    • otterwoman
      March 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Is it? a lot of people can’t get jobs in their field, or any decent paying jobs at all. A college education isn’t the answer anymore. A good trade is,one that can’t be outsourced. I have a PhD and I went back to school to get an AAS in nursing, which is how I earn my bread.

      • Michele
        March 28, 2013 at 7:54 am

        I agree with DrHockey, Education is the key. A technical education is an education too. Your AAS in nursing is still an education. I’m a high school teacher (which means part-time counselor) and I am not afraid to tell AP and honors level students to consider the trades. Their intelligence will help them in the long run, but the trades are paying well. I have former AP students that have gone to school for construction, welding, etc. These trades pay 60-90K coming out of a 4 year trade school. I still make under 50K with a masters degree. Sure, I get my summers off but the rest of the year I work 60-70 hour weeks to make up for it. These kids will quickly move up the levels and end up owning their own businesses.

  6. Pat
    March 26, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I really want Atlas to shrug.

  7. Ken
    March 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    So depressing. And so many are duisabled from fibromyalgia, back pain, headaches, etc.

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