The AMA Gets Me. LOL.

The subject line is: “Dr. Farrago, Join and improve your practice and well-being.” Really? How is the AMA going to do that? They agreed to everything (along with the AAFP and others) that has destroyed the practice of medicine and obliterated the well-being of physicians.

Let’s break down this email some more with my thoughts in parenthesis:

“Between practice inefficiencies, time-consuming EHR systems, and taxing regulations, the day-to-day bureaucracy can burn out any physician.As an AMA member, you have the resources to transform your practice and improve your well-being.” (You mean you can help doctors go into a DPC practice? Because if you can’t then your track record has proven that you can’t help anyone).

“Being a physician is simply the best job in the. Burnout can’t take away from the difference you’re making in patients’ lives, but it can be a barrier to delivering excellent care. The AMA is leading the effort to reduce burnout in medicine by speaking out against obstacles that interfere with patient care and giving physicians the tools to make changes in our own practice.” (Says the 75 year old doctor who is either retired or will be in a week or so. Oh, and now they are playing hardball by SPEAKING out against the obstacles that we have? Wow, impressive. How about some real action instead of saying things like, “Burnout is bad”. And how do they give you the tools to make changses? What tools? The ones you can BUY after you pay them $39 a month? Child, please).

Who else is disgusted at all these professional organizations trying to take advantage of burnout? All of them are using it as a marketing strategy. We all need to respond to them en masse with a big “Go F%ck Yourselves!!”

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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]

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5 Responses

  1. Bob says:

    Doctors f$#king over other doctors? Imagine that!

  2. Heidi says:

    I read this finding it amusing, tragic and frustrating all at the same time. Create a problem that they can then save us from… I quit joining the AMA a long time ago because it did not represent my views and only join my state and local associations because I must in order to maintain a license. Medicine has morphed into a profession that I no longer recognize; my dear john letter to the profession I felt honored to join 1994 sits on my desktop…waiting to send. The grief is real… Integrity, listening and service to other still mean something…DPC should be exploding…this is medicine, returned to its roots.
    Thank you for your insight. Do you have any ideas for post medicine professions? I am still looking!!

  3. James Tinsley says:

    I don’t even know where to start with this. Their only hope is to recruit naive unsuspecting medical school and con them out of their money.

  4. R Stuart says:

    Practice inefficiencies – AMA pushed these big time;
    Time-consuming EHR systems – AMA whored themselves out to Epic and Cerner decades ago;
    Taxing regulations – AMA lobbied long and hard for MACRA/MIPS/QPP, and on and on.

    This is the same scam the AAFP runs non-stop – pretend you’re standing up for doctors against problems that you were intimately involved in creating.

    No thanks.

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