You’re a Top Doctor!

You need to read this article to see how a journalist won a “top doctor” award for $99. It’s so unbelievable. So gross. Here was the message this guy, Marshall Allan, received:

I asked how I had been selected. My peers had nominated me, she said buoyantly, and my patients had reviewed me. I must be a “leading physician,” she said.

He explained to the lady on the phone that he was a journalist, and not a doctor, but it didn’t matter. She was probably getting a bonus by making the sale. And that is how he got his plaque. I recommend reading the whole article.

I hate to say it but these things work. Doctors have egos and patients like to brag about their doctors. And these companies profit off all of this. This is the kind of world we live in.

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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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7 Responses

  1. Bob says:

    Not too long ago, I got my most recent solicitation from one of these reprehensible outfits. I told the apparently young lady with the sweet voice on the other end of the line, “I’m holding out for the miss congeniality award,”. Silence was my reward.

  2. Sir Lance-a-lot says:

    The way I’ve been treated by administrators, I have to assume that the next solicitation to come to me will offer to list me a “Bottom Doctor.”

    Oh, wait – that apelation is already taken by the proctologists.

    You know… Administration and HR people being who they are, I wonder whether having one of these and putting it in your CV might not help get you hired at your next job…

  3. PW says:

    Makes you wonder how these hospitals get “Top Hospital Awards”.

  4. Jennifer Hollywood says:

    I once got a request asking me to be an adviser for my senator. I called the number to make an inquiry as to how I could discuss things with my senator, since he wanted me to be an adviser. They said that I was to just send money to his office in the amount of at least $500. (It’s been a few years and it might have been more.) So basically it was a thinly veiled campaign contribution scam. Also, my senator is a republican and I am a democrat. And I disagreed with everything he stood for. I couldn’t believe that this was legal.

  5. Bill Ameen, MD says:

    I used to get an invitation to be included in “Who’s Who” about once a year. Of course, I would have to buy the book. Marketers must know that many doctors are ego-driven. In the 1970s, the last decade that I recall it being publicly noble to be a doctor, I even bought a brass MD emblem to put on my license plate, but, as my egotism waned, I never installed it. Outside of my white coat, I never wanted to bring attention to the fact that I am a physician! Too many ego-deflators…When I worked in ERs, I always felt like to administrators I was something stuck to the bottom of their shoes.

  6. stevem64 says:

    You mean my certificate is BOGUS?!?!?!?

  7. Dave says:

    What a thoroughly awesome screw up that the company contacted an investigative journalist!!! I received a number of these offers when I first got out of residency, and as soon as I realized they wanted you to pay for your “award,” right in the circular (recycling) file!!!
    My daughter’s orthodontist has a framed order form from one of the companies in his office foyer, with a notation on how these “awards” are all a bunch of crock….love it!

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