Medical Axis of Evil Report #2: Insurance Companies Takings Patients Away from Their Doctors

What has the AAFP done to protect doctors and patients against narrow networking by insurance companies?  Watch and see.

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] 

  9 comments for “Medical Axis of Evil Report #2: Insurance Companies Takings Patients Away from Their Doctors

  1. politovski
    February 11, 2016 at 12:35 am

    Good for you. I did likewise in 2008. They even called and emailed me. I replied that I refused to pay into an organization that supported an expensive and pointless boarding process. Now we have seen what a corrupt fiasco that is. I refuse to join, as I can keep track of my own cme (which was the only discernible benefit I could tease out), and they continue to send me their journal, even though I cancelled it. $600/year saved.

  2. Kurt
    February 10, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    I hope this was forwarded to the AAFP. Doug, how much does the head of this group get paid?

    • Doug Farrago
      February 10, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      No idea.

  3. Perry
    February 8, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Here’s the AAFP still touting PCMH, despite the fact that Medicare doesn’t support it or primary care in the least.

    • rswatkins
      February 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      The chair of PCPCC is Doug Henley, who is also CEO of the AAFP. Check out PCPCC’s board and executive members

      A nice rogue’s gallery of the corporations that are destroying primary care. Those are Dr. Henley’s constituents, and it is their interests that he represents.


  4. February 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    PPO networks (even broad ones) are little more than glorified yellow pages with many “in network” folks that deliver a poor value prop. I like an open, transparent network that achieves the Quadruple Aim —

  5. rswatkins
    February 8, 2016 at 10:52 am

    AAFP: terminally stupid or totally corrupt? Discuss.

    Good post. Only disagreement is that you can’t really blame narrow networks on Obamacare – that’s something the insurers came up with on their own.

    • Perry
      February 8, 2016 at 11:11 am

      The AMA ,ACP, AAFP all allowed themselves to be sucked into the ACA. Now they have to backtrack and say “Oh, we didn’t know this would happen”. Too late now folks.

  6. Hawgguy
    February 8, 2016 at 10:32 am

    What took you so long? I did that 5 years ago even though membership in the AAFP and AMA costs me nothing (my employer will pay if I desire).

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