Physician Income


On his blog, Benjamin Brown MD, does an incredible job detailing what he calls The Deceptive Income of Physicians.    If you really want to know the numbers, Dr. Brown lays it all out for in excruciating detail (way too much for me to show you here).  Pop over there and learn something and tell him what you think.  In summary, doctors do not make as much money as you think.

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] 

  4 comments for “Physician Income

  1. Vance
    May 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Mechanic. I CAN spell…

  2. Vance
    May 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This was a great blog post with a ton of research in it. My mechanich gets $60 per hour for labor. I always say I’m in the wrong profession when I see that sign at his shop. Nobody believes me when I say I make much less than that. I wish everybody would read this article!!!

    At the end on the table that compares USMLE Step 1 & 2 scores among 2009 grads vs residency match, I’d like to see USMLE Step 3 scores for interns in the same fields. I bet there would be much less disparity. Step 1 & 2 are a poor predictor of…anything useful, IMO.

  3. Ray
    May 13, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Hello Douglas. What an amazing article! If you have lived this crazy life starting as an undergrad you can truly appreciate the hours and the heartache to not only become a physician but, to complete the postgraduate training and THEN work your ass off the rest of your life. It is daunting when you are completing the training. It is overwhelming at times practicing medicine in the toxic environment that healthcare has become. The brass ring at the end is truly an illusion or a mirage if you think medicine is a cash grab. . We are paid well but you have given everything to get there. As a medical student and a resident on rotation I often thought “damn these doctors work their asses off!”. As a practicing doc I tell my medical students that medical school and then residency is only the beginning. We work harder than any other profession, bar none. Just ask Dick Winkle.

    • Doug Farrago
      May 14, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thank you, Raymond.

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