I Challenge the AAFP

The AAFP claims they have their finger on the pulse of their members. They claim to be the voice of their membership. Great. This weekend is the DPC Summit. It is nice that they give a little attention to this area and I do applaud them for that. Many of the speakers are my friends, and DPC colleagues, so I know it will be a great event (at least when they talk). I have met Bethany Burke, who runs the event, and she seems really nice and I have only heard great things about her. All this being said, I have to ask, “Why so little”?

The AAFP FMX gives little to no attention to DPC. The AAFP in general gives little to no resources to DPC. In fact, they sell DPC material to make a profit off of it. It seems to me that 99% of all monies flowing into the AAFP are diverted to other areas. So here is my challenge to the AAFP (and that means you, Shawn Martin). Ask ALL of your members a one question survey. Just one. It would go like this:

If you could have a DPC practice, that was established and filled, would you take that job?

Let’s see how many of your members say yes. If that is a large percentage then maybe, just maybe, you push your resources in that direction to make it happen.

So, do you have the guts to send out this survey? It would cost nothing. Nothing. And you would know more about your members than you ever did before.

I know you are reading this, Shawn. I know others at the AAFP are reading this as well. And before you or they tweet some witty response to distract from the challenge, please think twice.

How many of you think they will do it?

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 “I Challenge the AAFP

  1. Molly Rutherford, MD
    July 1, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Great idea!

  2. DrWally
    June 29, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Yep, even at my ripe old age of 66 I’d make the switch to an established DPC. Just can’t handle the thought of starting one on my own.

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    June 29, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Yeah, I’d take that job.

    Hell, in 2006, I tired to make that job.

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