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]

Thanks to Hospitals, Big Tech is Getting More and More of Your Medical Data

The picture above, and the following quote, come from a recent article in the Wall Street Journal: Hospitals have granted Microsoft Corp., International Business Machines Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. the ability to access identifiable patient information under deals to crunch millions of health records, the latest examples of hospitals’ growing influence in the data economy. We can trust them with your data,…

What’s With the Banana Peels?

This article is floating around the Internet: Doctors beg men not to masturbate with banana peels It’s in the NY Post so maybe it is fake news. Anyway, you can read the details in the article. I just love that they found this doc: However, Dr. Diana Gill of prescription service Doctor-4-U cautions against the…

Docs only get 7.3% of the Pie

Physicians are paid 7.3% of our total national health expenditure: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the aggregate median salary for every healthcare provider totals $966,992,011,000.  The ~1 million physicians get paid $262,332,755,000. That’s $262.3 Billion out of a total $3.6 Trillion spent on healthcare in 2019.  Physicians get paid 7.3% of the total…

All You Need Are Some Genetic Tests

I am all for progress. I am all for technology. But I also a staunch defender of AUTHENTIC MEDICINE. Hence, the name of this blog. I am just so tired of others (the tech world) claiming they can fix everything. An example would be Theranos. Silicon Valley loves the Apple model of moving fast, breaking…

Medicaid Expansion

The topic of Medicaid expansion is fraught with politics. I am going to stay away from that a bit. Here is the article I want to talk about in full: A new study finds that Medicaid expansion improved people’s health in Southern states, resulting in fewer declines in people’s health.  The study published in Health Affairs finds…