Card Scams


Insurance companies have been issuing customers credit cards to pay doctors.  That’s a nice thing.  You know, they are always there to help us.  Unfortunately, they have been charging doctors as much as 5% per transaction which results in physicians getting less than the negotiated prices for services.  Nothing like getting a 5% cut that you didn’t bargain for?   Why are docs using these guys again?  Just another reason to support direct pay models.


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] 

  1 comment for “Card Scams

  1. thomas winston
    August 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    We have been getting this crap at our office for the last 2 months. I called a phone number on the bottom of the statement with the “card”, and told them “NO”, that they had to send a check…. now no more cards, and the credit card processing fee.

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