Cronyism in the Healthcare System

This was sent to me:

In March 2016, the state awarded $25.4 million to Crystal Run Healthcare, a major campaign donor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to build two facilities the company was already constructing without taxpayer subsidies.

The Orange County firm has since tried to spend the funds on eyebrow-raising items including expensive artwork, two $59,000 “mood music” systems, and an “artificial flower arrangement” to adorn a lobby, according to documents obtained by the Times Union.

You can read the rest of it here.  I am not getting into the whole LEFT or RIGHT ideology spat here because I know this stuff happens on both sides. I am just disgusted that the rich hospital systems get richer.  Think of where that $25 million could have been used.  How about those community centers and those medical debit cards I talked about?  But, no, it is used to line the pockets of the donors.

I just threw up a little in the back of my throat.

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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] 

  1 comment for “Cronyism in the Healthcare System

  1. Sir Lance-a-lot
    September 8, 2018 at 9:01 am

    “…rich hospital systems get richer.”

    Yes, they do, Doug, but that’s not the issue here, as this organization is not a hospital system (which must, by NYS law, be nonprofit, and which is subject to EMTALA), but a private medical practice, just like yours. Specifically, it is a privately owned “multi-specialty group,” with a couple of hundred physician-partners and one founder and super-partner, who runs the whole thing.
    The genius is that they make themselves look like a hospital to the patients, without having to abide by any hospital regulations.

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