Welcome to the future of medicine.  Looking like a portable bathroom, the MEDEX SPOT is an “Unmanned Micro Clinic” is connected by satellite to a hospital Medical Call Center and “provides the most comprehensive virtual medical examination facility possible in a cabin which is soundproofed, employs constant automatic sanitization of both the air, cabin surfaces and medical instruments handled by patients.”  There’s more. “Patients interact directly with medical professionals over high quality video, ensuring the best possible patient experience.”  So there you have it.  Patients can now see a medical professional which means a  nurse practitioner and they can do it in an outhouse.  How sad is this?  First it was seeing a NP at the Walmart.  Now they dilute it even more because you only see a NP virtually.  Wouldn’t it be better for a patient to see his or her own doctor if that physician wasn’t forced to churn through a million patients a day?  In my opinion, the future should have doctors seeing less patients a day (as in DPC) and to use these MEDEX SPOTS as restrooms for the homeless, which is probably going to virtually happen anyway.

And why would a supposed DPC Journal website promote this garbage?  Are they being paid to put this in there? Hmmm, one was to wonder?  Just another reason for an official and unbiased DPC site versus some of the crap out there.


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] 

  5 comments for “MidlevelBox

  1. Seneca
    October 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Reminds me of the movie “Idiocracy” ca 2006 where the main character goes to a hospital because he is not feeling well after awakening after a 20 century sleep. The hospital is like a McDonald’s where you are served by a person at a cash register which has icons of common maladies like headache and stomach ache. The patient is give two probes, one of which goes in the mouth and one in the anus. When the protagonist asks which probe is which, the clerk says, “I dunno, it doesn’t matter”.

  2. Steve O'
    October 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    That’s freaking hilarious. Will it have a one-size-fits-all electro-syringe (with sterilizable needle) to inject people with the nitroglycerin/oxycodone/prednisolone syringe that is the Universal Treatment for Everything?
    Medicine is turning into a cartoons scribble of a bored middle school student. Inspector Gadget delivers Medicine. There is no knowledge of what is done in a clinic, how decisions are made, how information is obtained, how a patient is engaged. It is rapidly approaching large-animal veterinary station encounters on the range. I doubt that the owners of pets would allow such a thing to be used by small animal veterinarians – it’s so impersonal.

  3. October 10, 2016 at 11:15 am

    THX 1138

    • October 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Also I keep reading “Midlevel” as “Medieval.”

  4. Perry
    October 10, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Hell, I’m too claustrophobic to go in one of those…

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