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]

End of Life Talks

A recent survey  of nearly 1,700 by the California HealthCare Foundation found that 76% of respondents did not have written advance directives even though 40% said they had talked with a loved one about what medical treatments they would want at the end of life.  Even worse, only 8% of the patients had ever been asked about end-of-life…

Ahhh….Sugar

The USA Today put out a recent piece discussing the data from the National Center for Health Statistics which showed that for kids,  59% of added-sugar calories come from foods and 41% from beverages.   The sources or “added sugars” they mentioned were table sugar, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, molasses and other caloric sweeteners…

Socialized Medicine in Germany

Guten Morgan! This comes from a reader: If you really want European socialized medicine (you personally no, but the masses in general) then you need to know some more information.  I have lived and worked in Europe (Germany), I speak from experience.  First, you are covered until you are 65 years old, after that you…

Lifeline from UnitedHealth?

UnitedHealth wants to have at least 50% of its network under value-based contracting by 2015.  How does that sound?  Good for them.  We also have another made-up political term (please see my other blogs about P4P traps) called “value-based contracting”  .   Somehow our leaders believe this is a wonderful thing.   Here was a…

Are Statins Still The Cat’s Meow?

New warnings are being added to the labels of cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor and Crestor, to indicate that they may raise levels of blood sugar and now could cause memory loss.  This is getting to be a sticky situation and patients are confused. Hell, so am I.  Statins have been shown to significantly…

Colonoscopy is a Tough Sell

A recent NEJM study showed the benefit of getting screening colonoscopies.   This is a good thing because colon cancer may really be a preventable death.  I still think the cost of the procedure is way too high and so do patients, evidently.   A study in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology  found that during recession of…

Getting a Good Online Rating Score is Easy!

DrScore.com analyzed 36,000 patient satisfaction surveys submitted to the website in 2011 for its Annual Report Card and found that the way to get a good score is when patients have a short times in the waiting rooms and a longer time in the exam room with the doctor.  See how easy that is?  Okay, I…