So Much for “Free” Love by Pat Conrad MD

Senior couple in bed sleeping

This is exactly the kind of thing I keep trying to warn you all about. The federal government has no, NO business in the daily provision of health care, no matter what the thieves at the AARP claim. Uncle Sam should not be paying for birth control for college students, and so should not be paying for retirees gettin’ groovy. Ever since the original Bum Generation intimidated the Woodstock organizers into changing the concert to “free”, the Boomers have trained society to look to government for every need. Check this lead-in: ” Imagine not being able to afford one of life’s great pleasures – sex.

That’s true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some.” Oh cry me a river of Ensure. This article from the AP is one of the multitudes of ridiculous sob stories we can expect to read in the coming years. After a Viagra boom in the late 1990’s, Little Blue has lost market share to the Cialis as twin tubs are rising up everywhere (of course as one of my patients explained a couple years ago, Viagra and a little cocaine go a long way to a big Saturday night…and Sunday…and a big 18 gauge needle in the ER. But I digress). The article mentions how price increases have hit not only the pecker pills, but also the topicals and serotonin boosters for the ladies, resulting in decreased general usage. Big Drug is accusing Big Insurance of jacking up the prices on romance drugs, while still running expensive TV prime time ads showing hot babes giving come hither looks next to the drug logo. Often the purchasers are limited to a certain number of hay rolls per month, and resort to splitting pills, pestering their doc for samples, or buying Canadian knock-offs.

Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler, sexual dysfunction specialist, says, “Couples in their 50s, 60s and 70s are more sexual than they’ve ever been.” That’s fine, until she says, “Once you get to a certain price point, sex becomes a financial decision. It takes a lot of the joy out of this.”

In a time when physicians and hospitals are being robbed by Medicare, this is the sort of push that will be used to oppose real reform. This is where the issue becomes a cause, a CNN 30-second bleating, and then an advocacy movement, and then a congressional subcommittee hearing – complete with Big Drug lobbyists – and then a taxpayer funded mess. This is how we got Medicare Part-D, and later, huge rotten components of the ACA. If Meemaw and Peepaw can afford to be swingers in The Villages, then they don’t need to get busy on my dime. Doctors running to the media to worry about their retired patients’ sexual health should worry more about not screwing everyone else.

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] 

  2 comments for “So Much for “Free” Love by Pat Conrad MD

  1. Thomas Guastavino
    December 7, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Not to mention the explosion of STDs in places like the Villages. Those nasty unintended consequences always getting on the way. Oh well, whats a little chlamydia amongst friends.

    • Steve O'
      December 7, 2016 at 8:11 am

      But that’s just the Broken Window Hypothesis – more GC/chlamydia in the Festive Villages retirement homes, the more cash goes into our Medical Industry for antibiotics!

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