Petty Jerks


So a patient posted on Reddit their bill for their c-section.  It turns out when the nurse asked the mom if she would like to do skin to skin after the baby was born it cost $39.35. You can go to this site and see more info on why they may have charged this amount but is the system really that broken that human contact costs money.  So sad. It does show how sharing this info may be a way to expose this crap and fix 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] 

  3 comments for “Petty Jerks

  1. HJR
    October 21, 2016 at 9:53 am

    All part of the ‘theater of the absurd’ that is current day medicine.

  2. October 16, 2016 at 11:14 am

    That does it! The problem was set out in 1913 by Joyce Kilmer. I shall blog the answer to this puzzle tomorrow.
    It shows the absurdity when one tries to break down a process into elements of product. “Skin-to-skin” is not a codeable product. It is part of labor and delivery. Those who insist on it being something that be coded are fools. Those who insist that Labor and Delivery not be paid adequately without such documentation, are fools. I hope that they all deliver their children in the L&D box ( and pass away in the Hospice Box. Serves ’em right.

  3. Thomas Guastavino
    October 16, 2016 at 7:21 am

    I can assume then that the hospital offers a discount if this “service” is turned down?

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