Doctors on Strike

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Here is something real interesting.  It seems that about 150 doctors at the University of California’s student health centers are staging a one-day strike over contract negotiations. Here is a synopsis of the article:

  • They are protesting what they describe as unfair labor practices.
  • It’s the first time in 25 years fully licensed doctors have gone on strike against a U.S. employer.
  • Ackerman and other union members say UC officials have given them no choice by not providing key information at the bargaining table.
  • “The information requests where we asked where the funds are. They’re going into chancellors’ raises that are 20 percent,” said Dr. Charles McDaniel with the Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center.
  • “The question is: Where is the money going to? Is it going towards the people who need it or is it going to the administration, who has already bloated administrative benefits and perks?” said Juan Torres, a student.

I love it.  Where is the money going?  Administrators?  Of course!

Many followers of this blog have been saying that doctors need to unionize and strike. I recall Joe Shmegma being an advocate of such options but now he is doing private medicine.  I wonder if he has changed his tune?  I don’t think that striking or unionizing is the answer.  I think privatizing medicine is.

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]

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