Doctor Wait Times Soar 30%

Patients are waiting an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment with a doctor in 15 major U.S. cities. That’s ridiculous.  They say this is due to a shortage of physicians but is it really?  If the doctor is spending half of his or her time on bogus metrics, ridiculous EMR work and documentation then shouldn’t we try to eliminate this first?   Instead we let this happen:

Insurers are pushing more of a team-based approach to healthcare to keep a lid on healthcare costs as the population ages, with the federal government shifting more Medicare dollars away from fee-for-service payment to value-based care models.

Teams don’t fix the problem.  They just add overhead. And why would we ever let the insurers tell us to do anything?

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 “Doctor Wait Times Soar 30%

  1. John Parkin M.D.
    March 26, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    There is no mention of number of patients treated either. Anecdotal reports from actual practicing providers and some studies show decreased patient flow of 30%. With all the political hoopla about replacing ObamaCare, it is very disappointing that our “representative” physician groups have said nothing about practice inefficiencies brought about by the law and CMS regs. The IT, insurance companies and large healthcare corps cite improved health, safety and efficiency but have little objective data to support their claims. How did we get into this mess ??

  2. Mary
    March 25, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I agree wholeheartedly.
    The whole system has to be revamped.
    Just decided to do concierge practice. Hopefully be able to get away from most of the inane stupid data collection

    • Steve O'
      March 25, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Congrats. Break on through to the other side, as Jim Morrison said.

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