Your Wellness Matters to the AMA


At the 2015 Interim Meeting this month, AMA leaders decided that making physical wellness was important.  Good for them. AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, “tried to get across to attendees, asserting that the constraints of modern medicine are preventing physicians from interacting with their patients in a meaningful, compassionate way.” Wait a minute, wasn’t the AMA the organization that has backed EVERY measure that has caused these constraints?  Talk about a bunch of hypocrites.  Here are some highlights from the rest of the article:

  • “It actually makes me sick that I didn’t have time to be the physician I know I am, the partner that patient deserved in his time of need,” Stack said. “We simply cannot tolerate this … it is a theft of our time [and] our passion. Providing excellent care to patients is not negotiable.”
  • Reducing that extraordinarily high level of dissatisfaction, frustration, and unacknowledged mental illness is at the core of the AMA’s multi-pronged efforts to chart a better course for healthcare. The unrelenting pace of the EHR Incentive Programs are not entirely to blame, but they certainly don’t help physicians get through their days any easier.
  • Ultimately, the AMA and its members are seeking ways to restore “joy” to the practice of medicine. Through collaborative, cross-industry efforts, advocacy, outreach, and education, the AMA hopes to alleviate many of the pain points that have pushed providers to the brink of retirement – or worse.

Their plan is simple.  Be part of the problem that creates the problem.  Feign ignorance.  Make empty promises to fix the problem.  Beg for dues.  Repeat.

How am I the only one to call out the AMA on this crap?

Oh, and you want to restore the joy to medical practice?  I have the answer.  Remove the government and the insurance companies.  Ta da!!  It’s called Direct Primary Care and I’m loving it.


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] 

  4 comments for “Your Wellness Matters to the AMA

  1. hawgguy
    November 21, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    The AMA has not seen a dime from me in > 5 years, and never will again.

  2. Steve O'
    November 21, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I recommend medical cannabis for all physicians, or perhaps a new fentanyl analogue – AMAfentanyl, I’d call it. All the euphoria, but avoid the nasty apnea side-effect, please.
    Every time you finish a billable chart, you can belly up to the computer for a snork of amafentanyl.
    If the AMA’s just interested in ‘ways to restore “joy” to the practice of medicine,’ amafentanyl nasal inhaler, computer-controlled and perhaps with a whiff of methamphetamine (surely it’s off patent by now) will stimulate the joy centers of the brain. We could use wires – but they can pull out of the physician’s thalamus rather often.
    If the point is practicing medicine in a competent and satisfying way, that’s harder, and the AMA risks offending their masters. Better to restore joy to the practice of medicine, and I suggest a cheery nasal cocktail of AMAfentanyl, methamphetamine, and THC – just a touch, mind you – after every ICD-10 coding job. Keeps you trim and eager during the long winter.

  3. Pat
    November 21, 2015 at 9:23 am

    The only purpose of the AMA is for there to continue to be an AMA, in order to preserve the AMA, so that future generations (of J-1 imports and mid-levels) will have the support of the AMA that continues to be so vital in pursuing the goals of the AMA.

  4. drhockey
    November 21, 2015 at 7:46 am

    You are not the only one to call out the AMA on this. Many of us already voted with our feet… and checkbooks!

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