Why Healthcare Being a Right is Problematic

He does make some great points. But no one would force physicians against their will, right?  This is from the Washington Post and the article is called UK health secretary to impose contract on junior doctors.  Welcome to socialized medicine.

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] 

  12 comments for “Why Healthcare Being a Right is Problematic

  1. Perry
    February 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Apparently the people and legislature of Vermont don’t think healthcare is a right enough to tax more to pay for it.
    Secondly, does Dr. Eck practice for free?
    Thirdly, if healthcare is a right, where is the responsibility?

    • February 17, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      I know Dr. Eck.
      She has a private practice in NJ where she sees patients in a third party free practice. She also sees patients for free in a clinic she and her husband run that is funded exclusively on donations from companies and the public. She does it with no taxpayer funding. She delivers care about 90% more efficiently than the Medicaid clinics in her area.

      It is unfortunate that her words seem to be out of context. She believes that the poor should be taken care of, but she did not say that healthcare is a right, as Bernie maintains. She believes that if burdens are lifted off overworked physicians so they can make a good living, more would see patients pro bono, of their own free will.

      Doing work for no compensation of your own free will is charity. Doing it because you are compelled to do so is slavery.

      I think she is right.

      • Pat
        February 17, 2016 at 9:13 pm

        Well said, Michael. As with Dr. Jellinek in a recent entry on this blog, physicians have allowed, quite often abetted, the use of their virtues against them, and therefore against their patients. Too often physicians describe health care in terms that avoid hard choices, and so abdicate their leadership role. When one does charity work, there IS compensation, the reward of aiding another and recognizing their worth. A mandated “right” – you are right – is the opposite. Our profession does not deal often or honestly enough with this central recognition of what we are and ought to be.

    • Kurt
      February 17, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      The dear doctor is responsible Mr. Perry. Certainly the patient is not held responsible for the right to healthcare. This is the land of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, gluttony, debauchery, obesity and substance abuse. One mustn’t hold the dear people responsible for their stupid proclivities.
      Must be the doctors fault for not “instructing” them on clean living.

  2. February 15, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    It is tragic that people who walk around in the halls of our government do not understand the founding principles of our Republic. Rand Paul has nailed it on the head. Bernie is an avowed socialist and has demonstrated a profound amount of ignorance in terms of economics and now a profound bit of ignorance on the principle of liberty. Very disappointing, but from a guy who was a slacker until he was 40 years old, what can you expect. Here are some definitions: http://cliffordnorman.blogspot.com/2015/12/do-we-have-right-to-health-care-or-free.html

  3. Pat
    February 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Right out of the gate the witness is incorrect – the Hippocratic Oath says nothing about payment, and the physician is either dishonest or has bought into the mass stupidity cooked up in med schools, and Sen. Paul should have corrected her on it rather than reinforcing it.

    His other comments are dead-on: if a good or service is declared a “right”, then the producer of that good or service will ultimately be the designated slave of the recipient of that right. There is no wiggle room nor alternative, that is what those words mean.

    A “right” to health care is beyond problematic, it is immoral and will ultimately do more harm than good. We have already established a right to health care for seniors, and it threatens to overwhelm our entire system and bankrupt the nation. We have a de facto right to babies, with food stamps, WICC, Medicaid, and the rest; we continue to be flooded with the progeny of apathetic, needy teenagers through thirty-somethings who have no intention of paying for their choices. The dollars to treat all of these dependents are taken from the taxes and daily abilities of the dwindling productive class, and threaten us with even more obligations and less security the more we work. Even Sen. Paul’s assertions that they saw everyone for “free’ through the ER is total BS; it’s called cost -shifting. NOTHING is free, which means it has to be taken from someone. Physicians who refuse to make this point are akin to doctors who don’t want to offend an alcoholic by a precise diagnosis. The dishonesty of our profession, dressed up as good wishes and hopeful feelings, is destructive.

    • Dr Thomas D Guastavino
      February 15, 2016 at 11:56 am

      There is a scene from the movie Dr Zhivago that sends chills down my spine. Yuri returns from the war after the communist revolution to find his home taken over. He is approached by his half brother who informs him that is “assigned” to work in a certain hospital. Yuri knows what would happen if he refuses.

  4. Dr Thomas D Guastavino
    February 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What was Bernies response to this? We are in desperate need of a union.

    • Doug Farrago
      February 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Did not find that part

      • Dr Thomas D Guastavino
        February 15, 2016 at 11:51 am

        Someone should ask him now

    • Cliff Norman
      February 15, 2016 at 1:15 pm

      This is a longer version, where Bernie doubles down on his ignorance with two very stupid questions relative to Senator Paul’s definition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXwDMqjC-A

  5. Dr Thomas D Guastavino
    February 15, 2016 at 8:29 am

    What was Bernies response to this?

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