French GPs by Stella Fitzgibbons MD

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For the “misery loves company” section, here’s an article in Le Monde, of which I’m translating some of the quotes from practicing GPs:

  • “Massive workloads, poor health coverage for us and our families, ever more-demanding patients…we can no longer recruit young doctors. And among those who remain, more and more are on the edge of burnout without being able to stop working”
  • “Generalists have been systematically mistreated, both financially and in terms of respect…a radiologist on average makes 3 times as much as a generalist.”
  • “The government wants to destroy our profession by selling it off in pieces…The health laws could render us totally dependent on an administration that care for numbers while we care for human beings.”
  • “The recent laws will be the end of free practice and of the patient’s freedom to choose a doctor…It is by following patients longterm and seeing them regularly…that we can best care for their health.”
  • “At the reimbursements offered we can’t afford to spend 30 minutes on a patient with complex problems…we will simply try to pick simple patients…As with any profession dealing with people, loss of respect for the job leads mathematically to loss of quality of the work done.”

I guess the Europeans don’t have a solution for everything either.

Stella Fitzgibbons MD

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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 “French GPs by Stella Fitzgibbons MD

  1. Pat
    December 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    And yet we are continuously told by the pro-government medicine advocates that the U.S. lags behind Europe and the rest of the modern world in health care delivery, and that nationalized care is the only compassionate choice, and…I’m too nauseus, gotta go throw up my croissant.

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