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That is the path many doctors are taking right now!

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] 

  3 comments for “Quote of the Week

  1. Ray
    April 23, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Ouch! I personally do not think there is enough Duff beer to fix this calamity. Family Medicine is a wasteland populated by doctors too busy with patient care to worry about their political needs. They live in the moment of seeing people and fixing their needs, never understanding that their existence is teetering on the head of a pin. With other groups that are politically well organized and well funded looking to expose our soft underbellies. We are dinosaurs….sadly. I am the most pro family doctor I know. (yes, delusional). No medical specialty does a better job serving humanity on a daily basis then we do. PERIOD. If you disagree…please name one. I am saddened and disgusted by the the recent turn our storied profession has taken. How did this happen? It happened through our indifference and apathy. At our hospital employed family practice group we have been meeting monthly and discussing the issues and conflicts with the administration (the hospital employers). I can say without any reservation that this has been successful at restructuring our contracts and gaining a foothold for further discussion/battles. ( Our group is not exceptional..we are very pedestrian). We CANNOT give up…the stakes are too high. We owe it to ourselves and the people we care for. For all you movie buffs..”On my command ..unleash hell”. If you truly care about Family Medicine ( heck, you devoted your life to it), then do something!!! The Spaniard. (strength and honor).

  2. fredlave
    April 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The same sentiment was voiced back in the bad, old Soviet Union days (“They pretend to pay us, we pretend to work”). OMG, do you suppose the U.S. is getting like THEM?

  3. Pat
    April 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Except we can’t have beer on the way to work.

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