The VA is No Disney

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. The Veterans Affairs Department says it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions.  The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald got in hot water for saying “When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald said.  Yeah, not good.  For one, people don’t literally die waiting in line at WDW.  They may get bored or go crazy but death?  No.  Second, you really need to show that the VA gives a great experience before you start making comments like that.  It’s an old rule.  GOOD, FAST and CHEAP.  You can only pick two.  Actually, is the VA good?  Fast?  Cheap?  Nope.  Welcome to government run healthcare. Any questions?

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 “The VA is No Disney

  1. Chris
    May 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    I recently got a recruitment e-mail from the VA for a job at a VA Medical Center in a remote place in Wisconsin. Three 12s per week taking care of an average hospital census of six. Headline on the e-mail was that you got over 10 weeks paid time off each year. Typical of the value we get for our tax dollars.

  2. Lee
    May 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    He has no business being in charge of anything that affects the health and well being of veterans. He has shown that he does not have the knowledge or the concern to provide care for anyone other than himself. Shameful that he is in this position when he has so much disdain for our heroes although he is typical of this self centered, gimme, gimme Obama regime!
    Yes, I am a veteran!

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    May 25, 2016 at 10:45 am

    And, besides, Disney DOES measure the lengths of the lines.

    They also let you pay to get to the front of the line, or allow you to move to the front in the event that a member of your party is disabled.

    So, not only is this guy an idiot, he’s a… ummm… a really, really BIG idiot.

    • Lee
      May 26, 2016 at 3:12 pm


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