Dr. Ghost

I found this article is so naive and cute. The author seems amazed that when a doctor leaves a hospital system the staff will NOT tell a patient where they went. The doctor just vanishes and the patients feel ghosted by it.

This is called punishment and not ghosting. This is what hospitals do. This is what big medical practices do.

Contracts with so-called restrictive covenants are now common in medicine, although some states limit their use. Noncompete clauses — common in many commercial sectors — aim to stop physicians or other health care professionals from taking patients with them if they move to a competing practice nearby or start their own. But what may be good for business is bad for patient care — and certainly disquieting for those whose doctors simply disappear.

It’s a good read. I do understand the business side of this. What if I had a partner and helped her get up and going and then she decided to open up right next door? That could kill me. But for large hospital systems? C’mon. They don’t own the patients and to have staff pretend not to know where the doctor went is just gross.

Ed Brown, the clinic’s CEO, said the noncompete agreements are not just about business but also help ensure that the Iowa Clinic can provide reliable services.

“Noncompetes are good for the patients because they help to provide stability within a practice and ensure continuity of care,” Brown said recently in an email. Further, he added, noncompetes protect physicians by ensuring that other physicians in the practice are committed to the same agreement and can’t abandon it without proper notice.

I love the smell of administrator bullshit in the morning. So refreshing.

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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] 

  2 comments for “Dr. Ghost

  1. Steve O'
    March 31, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    That’s because the hospitals OFTEN FILL THESE POSITIONS WITH 6-MONTH LOCUMS. They pretend that Dr. duJour is going to be your new doctor. Fat chance. Dr. d will be in Milwaukee or Anchorage in six months.

  2. Bill Ameen, MD
    March 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    When I retired in July 2014, the hospital that owned my practice didn’t even put a notice in the local paper announcing it or congratulating me. I sure as hell wasn’t going to pay for it myself. For months patients asked for me, according to my former staff.

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