If the Government Ran Our Healthcare System

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Here are some headlines I recently saw:

  • Social Security overpaid benefits by nearly $17 billion
  • Christie calls Dept. of Veterans Affairs ‘a national disgrace’
  • Giant data hack may expose major national secrets
  • Veterans Affairs improperly spent $6 billion annually, senior official says
  • Medicaid enrollment under ObamaCare soars, raising cost concerns
  • A Costly Medicare Surprise Awaits Retirees

I know that this is a little biased.  It’s kind of like foraging for mushrooms in the forest or shark teeth on the beach.  Once you see one, you start seeing a lot more.  That being said, I just don’t trust the government running our healthcare system. Sorry. And, no, I don’t have a bunker with provisions for the end of the world.  I just see the idiots in charge losing our data, paying the wrong doctors. gouging the right doctors, and being unable to contain costs.  What we have now sucks and it has gotten hardly any better under the ACA.  Find me a way to have real competition between insurers across state lines.  Allow people to buy a cheap catastrophic plan so they don’t lose their car or house due to a major illness.  This will lead to price transparency and then patients will shop around.  This will drop the cost of healthcare in this country.

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 “If the Government Ran Our Healthcare System

  1. Perry
    June 7, 2015 at 9:12 am

    And yet, supposedly intelligent people (physicians included) continue to clamor for single-payer.
    Sheesh.

  2. Steve O'
    June 6, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Not to nitpick – but I’d say it’s like foraging for trees in the woods, or sand on the beach. Our modern concept of government IS to create something like this. The way we build the machine does not work. It’s like using a stadium plan for baseball, with five bases on the playing field. Why doesn’t THAT work? Because it’s flawed from the git-go.

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