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]

The New York Times Ignores the Free Market

Wow, you are not going to believe this but studies show that Americans are charged more for many healthcare items. Yep. It’s true. Thank goodness the NYT finally revealed that to us: Patients and insurance companies in the United States pay higher prices for medications, imaging tests, basic health visits and common operations. Those high…

Hero Doctor

How crazy is this? Li Wenliang, the doctor in China who was allegedly detained for warning others about the coronavirus before contracting the illness, has died, according to the hospital treating him. Li, who according to the BBC is a 34-year-old ophthalmologist at Wuhan Central Hospital, had claimed that in late December he shared his concerns about the illness via private chat with…

I Caught CVS Caremark Trying to Scam Me

I recently wrote how local pharmacies have been scamming us with prescriptions that many patients don’t need. They are doing this for money and it has been working. It is unethical and it is putting patients at risk for taking too many drugs or just the wrong meds. I admit that I was slow on…

Friday Funny: Narcotic Refill Policy

More fun stuff from over a decade ago at the Placebo Journal. If you don’t like it or are offended then this blog is not for you. *Oh, and we don’t care. *you could go to kevinmd.com where nothing is funny or controversial. Get our awesome newsletter by signing up here. We don’t give your…

Quote of the Week: Prince Humperdink

“Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.” Prince Humperdink, The Princess Bride (Because I love the movie) Tweet

The Lien Doctors

These are the articles that sicken me. I know it is a small set of our profession but it still is sad. The article in the WSJ talks about how: Lawyers can refer interested plaintiffs to specific lien doctors or to online directories such as Doctors on Liens, Power Liens or Global Lien Doctors. The…

Calling All Pharmacists

This is a question for all of you pharmacists reading this blog. Why are pharmacies sending AUTOMATIC renewal faxes to medical offices? I see this on drugs that I stopped on patients years ago! I just got a renewal fax for a prednisone burst that I gave someone months ago for gout. This may not…

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,…