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This is a quick one.  I was tipped off about this article recently. It is two years old so I am sure it is worse now but the Harvard Business Review found that there are 10 administrators for every doctor.  Ten!

What do we need these people for?  They say we need them to make sure all the regulations and mandates are done correctly?  That’s horseshit.  They are not needed!  They are being paid ridiculous amounts of money and costing patients to go bankrupt and doctors to quit practicing medicine.  When are we going to say enough is enough?

By the way, the picture above is either actually horseshit or a quality metric committee meeting in session.  You have to guess which.

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 “Bloat

  1. Chris Billingslea
    September 7, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Horrifying but is anyone really surprised? Our system is unlikely to improve until our society values something besides money.

  2. Steve O'
    September 1, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I’d actually be quite embarrassed if someone saw me step into a quality metric committee meeting.

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