Who Are These Doctors?


Medical Economics conducted its 85th annual Exclusive Continuing Study which collects responses from physicians (4,934 respondng) about their professional life.

The survey results showed that the majority of respondents feared the impact of declining reimbursements and that their professional frustrations were mostly tied to hassles associated with payers, prior authorizations, and government red tape. Specifically, 68 percent were concerned about fees and reimbursement; 56 percent about the burden of paperwork; 54 percent about health care reform; 43 percent about third-party interference; 39 percent about malpractice; 29 percent about physician shortages; 28 percent about electronic health records; and 17 percent about accountable care organizations.

So, let’s do some simple math, shall we?  I’ll pick subtraction.  Who the f$ck were the 32% not worried about fees or reimbursement?  Or the 44% not concerned about paperwork?  Or the 46% not bothered by the health care reform, or the 57% not perturbed about third-party interference and on and on.  Who are these people?!?

What am I missing here?

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] 

  11 comments for “Who Are These Doctors?

  1. January 18, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    You’re not missing anything, Doug…except maybe a few math skills in your calculation of those not concerned about fees & reimbursement : 32%, according to my limited subtraction ability ( sorry, didn’t mean to be the proof reader Nazi, but you asked! 🙂 )

    • Doug Farrago
      January 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      LOL, thanks

  2. John Kazilionis
    January 16, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    They are either fictional or employed physicians without a quota of patients to see in a day.

  3. mamadoc
    January 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Asleep, on drugs, retired or otherwise clueless. And probably noctors as well.

    • Pat
      January 16, 2014 at 2:56 am

      Noctors? That’s funny!

      • Doug Farrago
        January 16, 2014 at 6:31 am

        That is funny. I will be using that term.

  4. David Lubin, MD
    January 15, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Doug, your math isn’t as simple as simple math should be with regards to fees and reimbursements. The total both ways was 104%…maybe some care TOO much or really NOT enough.

  5. R Stuart
    January 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Here’s one:

    “Happy New Year! This really should be a good new year
    . . . things are moving in some outstanding directions for family medicine.”

    – Reid Blackwelder, President AAFP and Village Idiot

    • Doug Farrago
      January 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm


  6. Ken
    January 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I suspect they are bipolar folk in the middle of a manic episode

  7. January 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Foreign Medical Grads? VA physicians? the Dr. No’s who work for the medical axis of evil? NP’s and PA’s calling themselves “Doctor”?

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