Healthcare Myths

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I recommend reading Charles Krauthammer’s The health-care myths we live by in the Washington Post.  Let me tease you with a little bit about the myths he debunks:

  1. Emergency Room Usage – “Perhaps they still preferred the immediacy of the ER to waiting for an office appointment with a physician.”
  2. Medicaid’s Effect on Health – “Medicaid coverage generated no significant improvements in measured physical health outcomes in the first two years.”
  3. Electronic Medical Record Will Save Zillions – “The EHR are so absurdly complex, detailed, tiresome and wasteful that if the doctor is to fill them out, he can barely talk to and examine the patient, let alone make eye contact — which is why you go to the doctor in the first place.

Oh, but there is so much more that Charles is missing.  He needs to be reading this blog regularly.

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 “Healthcare Myths

  1. Kris Morin
    March 5, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Good Krauthamer piece. As a boarded ER doc, I think that there are some patients who simply prefer the interventional acute care model instead of the preventative model of health care. They only want care when they’re sick and the ER is always ready there to give it. The EHR, at least for me, has been a blessing. I can move quickly, order tests and treatments in a blink, and keep track of all the patients that I see. I think that doing an H&P while documenting it on a laptop can be done without losing the essential doctor-patient relationship.

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