IBM Loving the Exchanges


As a way of lowering costs,  IBM plans to move U.S. retirees off its company-sponsored health plan and shift them into new public insurance exchanges.  This is hundreds of thousands of people. People this is real.  This is big.  I just found out that there will 35 Silver and Bronze plans available for health exchanges in Virginia.   What those plans actually cover is still questionable but all this says to me that there we are on the precipice of the biggest change in healthcare this country has seen in, maybe, ever.   I hope it works.  I really do.

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 “IBM Loving the Exchanges

  1. Pat
    September 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Oh, it’s going to work … Exactly as planned.

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot
    September 7, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I may be mistaken, but I believe that New Hampshire has only one company in its “exchange,” and that one company has agreements with only a few hospitals, so that if you get your insurance through the “exchange” you may not be able to see any doctors, or receive any hospital treatment, near you, depending on where you live.

    What could possibly go wrong?

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