Quote of the Week


“The great tragedy of science is the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”

Thomas Henry Huxley

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 “Quote of the Week

  1. James
    July 19, 2013 at 7:39 am

    From #4: Disablement in military service is “Welfare?” I don’t even know where to begin. The writer has obviously not been to a VA hospital, what with dismembered and disfigured WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and more recent war vets. He has never been denied a job because his DD-214 has a medical discharge code, never had his retraining benefits stripped because he is now unemployable. Doc, you wanna live on my “welfare benefit?” I suspect my disability pay is insignificant to that of even the most modestly-paid physician.

    Business Week magazine, in a review of hospital care systems, ranked the VA as number one in the nation (over all corporate ones). That is far better than what it used to be, “a veteran’s second chance to give his life for his country.”

    A physician working at the VA does not have to carry malpractice insurance (the government is self-insured), does not have to hire or maintain an office staff, does not have to fill in insurance forms, does not have to supply his own office or equipment. While a VA physician does not make as much money as a civilian physician, he can devote all his time to patient care.

    You wanna save money on the VA? Quit sending the military into warfare. I would gladly trade my brain-damage caused epilepsy for your headaches with insurance paperwork.

    You want to get rid of all the nonsense of insurance? Why is this nation the only one in the First World that does not consider health care a human right and a necessary service of the government (like police, fire departments and public roads)? Hey we can even save more money by getting rid of all those police that are mooching off the system, and you want a fire put out? How about you pay for it. (We have a volunteer fire department here but I cannot volunteer.)

    Dr Doug, though I often find your articles humorous, or enlightening, I am disappointed you gave this self-appointed guardian of our fiscal health a platform for his screed. I hold you in better regard than that.
    Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class, United States Navy, Retired-disabled (seventeen years service)

    • Doug Farrago
      July 20, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Not even sure of your reference. My entry was on disability abuse in the military which takes away from the real veterans. As far as a voice, I give ALMOST everyone a chance to voice their opinion here.

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