Another Bold Move by the AAFP

Maybe you haven’t heard but this just happened:

Bill to Ease Student Loan Debt Burden Wins AAFP Support

Yup, the AAFP went all in to help family doctors and maybe, just maybe, get more interest in primary care. What was in the bill, you ask? Don’t be so snarky and suspicious. Here you go:

Specifically, the Academy wrote, student loan interest should be deductible from federal income tax, regardless of income, and interest and principal payments on medical student loans should be deferred until after completion of postgraduate training.

You read that right. They had to rack their brains, and debate for hours, to come up with a resolution to save doctors money for only THREE YEARS!

Nothing like reaching the stars.

(The image of the empty chair is from their link. I have no idea what they meant by it. It sure seems like a metaphor for the AAFP, don’t you think?).

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] 

  3 comments for “Another Bold Move by the AAFP

  1. Kurt
    June 27, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Should’a been a R.O.A.D. Scholar. Radiology, Ophthalmology, Anesthesiology, or Dematologist.
    (Borrowed from Doug Farrago. Hey give credit where credit is due.)

  2. Should Have Been a Lawyer
    June 26, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Graduated in 95.

    Rural, frontier really, cradle to grave country doc.

    Still paying.

  3. Soccerdoc11
    June 22, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I didn’t have to start repaying my loans until after residency and that was 40 years ago!

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