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]

Quote of the Week: Harper Lee

“Atticus, he was real nice.” “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.” Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (A book being banned by some schools in this country). Full Context: “When they finally saw him, why he hadn’t doneany of those things . . . Atticus, he was real nice. . . .” His…

Quote of the Week: Noam Chomsky

“With regard to freedom of speech there are basically two positions: you defend it vigorously for views you hate, or you reject it and prefer Stalinist/fascist standards. It is unfortunate that it remains necessary to stress these simple truths.” Noam Chomsky Tweet

Is Elizabeth Holmes Nuts?

If you are not familiar with Theranos then you were under a rock for a while. It was the company that was going to change how did bloodwork forever. Nope. You can watch any documentary on it from your subscription channel of choice to see the whole story. The amount of money that was poured…

Quote of the Week: Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor, Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain (For those who don’t know, some states have banned…

College Students and CV19

I do want people to know that I was all in on the shelter-in-place bandwagon in March. Did it help? Not sure. Here is an article to debate that. Hindsight is 20/20 and we know this virus (man-manipulated from Wuhan?) is very contagious and kills the old. Yes, there are cases of younger people dying…

The $11,000 COVID Test

Here is some fun news: Physicians Premier ER charged Dr. Zachary Sussman’s insurance $10,984 for his COVID-19 antibody test even though Sussman worked for the chain and knows the testing materials only cost about $8. Even more surprising: The insurer paid in full. Feel free to read the whole article because it will make your…

Alls Well That Ends Questionably

Here is some news: CommonSpirit Health and Paladina Health are negotiating primary care contracts with employers, unions, and other organizations. Who thinks this will go well? Who thinks this won’t fall into the same trap as the other ones who tried before to scale up DPC? Here’s more: CommonSpirit, which operates more than 700 care…