A Problem We Are Seeing by Steven Mussey MD

This week’s cartoon hits on a problem which appeared with the start of the new year.  Specifically, people are finding themselves in different health plans.  The reasons for the swaps are numerous: Employer decisions, Termination related to the ACA (the terminations we’ve heard so much about), Exchange plans (which are horrendous in Virginia), or simply because the person was crippled by the terrible price of their health plan of 2013.
The scenes playing out on a daily basis are frustrating and sad.  Each patient requires our staff to literally spend hours on hold while we try to find alternative medications which might be covered.  When doctor swaps are needed, the choices for the patients are not always clear.  Many of the “exchange plan” patients do not even have an insurance card yet.
The ACA “exchange plans” are the most frustrating.  It feels like these plans have literally hired no more than three people to handle phone calls for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia.

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]