Tossing Organs as Another Way to Game the System


Recently I wrote that half of hospitals have failed and are to be punished and I wanted to bring up how I predicted this in 2011.  At that time I showed how the No Child Left Behind was a travesty and half of America’s schools we’re failing.  Coincidence?  Nostradougus is good but it really wasn’t that hard to see.  Here is what I said five years ago:

Unfortunately, No Child Left Behind has hit a dead end. The parallel with medicine is almost exact. The pay-for-performance philosophy using quality metrics sounds great but there is ample evidence that it is costly and does not work. Let’s get wise and stop this behemoth before it too leads down the same road as No Child Left Behind.

But no one listened to little old me. What happened next?  Well, 2012 became the year of the test scandal as teachers changed test grades in Washington DC, Atlanta and New Jersey.  Human nature.  They didn’t want to look bad and be payed less. Is this happening in healthcare? Absolutely.  Everyday doctors and hospitals are gaming the system trying to look good. Doctors tweak their notes and hospitals play with the data.  It’s a joke. Recently, “hospitals across the United States are throwing away less-than-perfect organs and denying the sickest people lifesaving transplants out of fear that poor surgical outcomes will result in a federal crackdown.” 

Is this what we want?

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] 

  3 comments for “Tossing Organs as Another Way to Game the System

  1. Pat
    August 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Is this what all you older generation docs had in mind when you allowed Medicare/Medicaid to be implemented?

    • politovski
      August 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      the older generation did not care. they sold us out for their golden calf (the one in front of the Meryl lynch building) and have happily retired, leaving us holding the bag…

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot
    August 15, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Jeez. They could at least give them to a food pantry…

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