Ridiculous Study of the Week: Telemedicine


Brilliance in action.   A new study showed that “Low Use of Telehealth Tied to Flawed Payment Models”.  In other words, if you don’t pay a doctor for a particular task then he or she won’t do that task.  Crazy, right?  There seems to be some consistent pattern here.  Now what could that be?  Hmmm.

I am sure glad they did that study, though.  We would never have figured this out without 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] 

  1 comment for “Ridiculous Study of the Week: Telemedicine

  1. Dr Dave
    September 3, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Here in FL it is state law that any carrier who sells insurance in the state must compensate telemedicine appointments the same or more then they do for in person visits.
    NOT a bad deal IF we could get our heads out of our sixes and start to embrace the value of telemedicine
    Personally I think every PCP or the like should have atleast 50% of his/her schedule on TM visits. Why not sit at a a computer in your home den and work in comfort in a T-shirt then in the nonsensical office with a shirt and tie. Now I get it that we still have LOTS we can’t do and need in person but if money was the same and the majority of patients were follow up and med changes and the like why not do them on video and E-scribe.
    Dr D

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