AAFP Stuck In 1996


In an unintentional sad commentary on the state of family medicine, Family Practice Management has decided to reproduce an article from 1996 called Rediscovering the Joy of Family Practice.  How embarrassing is that?  That is around the time I started in practice.  Funny thing, I don’t remember EMRs, quality metrics, the overgrowth of hospital administrators, prior authorizations, etc.  Do you think that maybe, just maybe, this article is out of touch with today’s reality?  You can read it yourself and tell me what you think.  I think the most pitiful issues, though, is that they had to reproduce what they call and FPM classic because they probably couldn’t get anyone to write about the Joy of Family Practice today. Of course, they could have asked a Direct Primary Care doctor but that would send the wrong message.  The AAFP doesn’t ever want to teach others to fight back against the system, embrace the free market or eschew the insurance companies.  That would make their friends mad.

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] 

  2 comments for “AAFP Stuck In 1996

  1. Randy
    February 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I saw this article too and thought it was pretty ironic. It reminded me of a motivational sign in the stairwell of the local hospital which is something to the effect of “When things get tough, remember why you went into the profession”. The irony, which I guess the hospital administrators missed, is that so many of the things that make things tough have nothing to do with why I went into the profession.

    • Doug Farrago
      February 11, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Great comment.

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