Disruptive Innovators Reinventing Healthcare


The headline is stolen from Dave Chase, the CEO of Avado.   It is a powerful statement and it is exactly what is needed right now.  Dave is also a proponent of Direct Primary Care (DPC) and I have used his columns here in Authentic Medicine before.  His latest piece is a callout for HealthTech VCs (or venture capitalists) to invest  in this trend:

The impressive thing with the examples above is they aren’t making tiny improvements. They are reducing unnecessary care by 30-80% and saving huge  sums of money (typically 15% or more) in a short period of time. These savings can provide a “health dividend” that can help fund the big bets outlined below. Incidentally, the various models I highlighted are in varied private/public scenarios ranging from 100% private pay to 100% government funded. Payment incentives matter more than the particular source of funding.

Please read the above article in Forbes and tell him what you think.   We need the right people on board and Dave Chase is one of those right people.

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]