No Cherry Picking


Physician-owned hospitals were destroyed by the press for cherry picking healthier patients while supposedly leaving the sicker and poorer patients to other hospitals.  Was it proven? Well, its debatable, but Congress banned new ones from opening anyway. Now an independent study, published online by the British medical journal, concluded that overall, physician-owned hospitals are not cherry-picking patients or limiting themselves to the most lucrative types of procedures and operations.  So what happens now?  I bet nothing.  Our government won’t budge an inch on common sense stuff like this.  On the other hand, watch these idiots allow the big insurers to merge so they can gouge the American consumer some more.

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] 

  1 comment for “No Cherry Picking

  1. Steve O'
    October 13, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Trust the person, or trust the brand?
    A century’s worth of advertising has left us with the unconscious trust of corporate brands over individuals. People are entirely ready to suspect physician-owned hospitals of selfishness, greed and mistrust, even if they are owned by the very physicians they see for their own care. However, some hospital/insurance chain owned by Investco, LLC or ProfitMonger, Ltd. are trusted. They put up billboards with happy little sunflowers and cute babies.
    As long as we outsource our common sense, we will be part of the race to the bottom in healthcare.

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