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]

Tell Sanjay What You Think

I like a few different doctors who are television personalities.   One of them is Sanjay Gupta from CNN.  He is a neurosurgeon and so he does not know what it is like to be in the trenches of the healthcare system.  That being said, he just wrote a nice piece for the NYT entitled…

Fifty Percent

I am biased.  I have repeatedly pointed out that the “quality” fad is a sham and unproven. I have offered up study after study to this blog (and my former employer in Maine) showing that there is no proof that quality initiatives improve patient care or even lower the cost of healthcare.  I admit my…

Let The Character Assassination Begin

I told you about the moronic lawyer trying to sue after the Aurora shooting.   Now comes the media and the world trying to put blame on the psychiatrist who was seeing this criminal.  This article is entitled Details emerge on psychiatrist of Colorado massacre gunman and they quickly try to go on to destroy…

Be Well And Be Private by Pat Conrad MD

This past week has featured reports of Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr (D-Il) being checked into the Mayo Clinic for clinical depression.  Ordinarily that would raise my suspicions, consistent with my well-founded distrust of politicians, preachers and their relatives, and do-gooders in general..  One recalls the odiously transparent spectacle of Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s recent traffic stop-and-rehab…

Medical Care 2012 by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

The past few years has seen a gradual increase in the type and expertise of the medical care available. The result has not been an improvement in all of the care that is available. Some aspects of medical care have improved remarkably while at the same time some aspects have been neglected to a large…

The Community Health Center

The Affordable Care Act is providing $9.5 billion for expanded services and $1.5 billion for construction and renovation projects towards community health centers.  Here is the problem. A lot of physicians don’t want to work there.  Researchers analyzed the responses of 129 family physicians working at community health centers and compared them with 764 family…

Why Some Lawyers Are Idiots

In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, one lawyer has risen to the forefront to show his greed and lunacy.  His name is Donald Karpel. Torrence Brown, Jr., his client, was in the theater when suspected shooter James Eagen Holmes threw gas canisters and open fired into the crowd lost one of his best…

Administribbles II

In the past, I have showed you a graph noting that there are 5 administrators to one physician in this country.  Here is where I blogged first about Administribbles.  Check that out and then analyze this new graph that once again explains a major reason health care costs so much. Tweet