“How’s Aboot That Hip Replacement, Eh Buddy?” by Pat Conrad MD

With all the recent excitement over the tax cut, Hawaiian missile alerts (they had it coming), and angry women marches, we might have forgotten all about health care.  So to catch you up: 1) ObamaCare had it’s funding significantly disrupted, but is still the law; 2) your premiums are still going up; 3) we are still on a downward path to fully nationalized care.

To start the health care debate anew, let’s all remember what we are really signing up for.  This article about Canadian care by Sally Pipes in IBD might give you a little mental chew:

– “In Ontario, for example, the number of hospital beds has plummeted from more than 33,000 in 1990 to just 19,000 in 2016.”- “According to the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank, the median patient waited about 20 weeks for “medically necessary” treatments and procedures last year.”

– ” …the median patient waits nearly 47 weeks for brain surgery.  One Ontario doctor estimated that the earliest that one of her patients could see a neurologist was four and a half years.”- Orthopedists are unemployed, and OR’s stand empty, despite high demand and long waits.  i guess no one is paying for them?

– And yet, “In 2014 and 2015, a whopping 100,000 patients left Canada to obtain treatment elsewhere.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders just got back from a tour there, “declaring that there is not ‘any debate’ about whether ‘the quality of care is as good or better than the United States.'”

Nah, no debate at all.

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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]