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]


Change in the healthcare system seems like a good thing we don’t know yet whether it will be worth it.  Like a new drug on the market we may end up seeing terrible side effects that hurt a lot of unsuspecting people.   A recent article in the USA Today  proves again to me the…

Principles of Authentic Medicine

This is an ongoing list of “rules” that define what authentic medicine is all about.  They are just some rough ideas.  I would love some feedback and additions that you may give. Be present on the job Quality is flexible,  subjective and sometimes indefinable Administrators should not be in charge of patient care Insurance companies…

The Pzifer $4 End Run

A few senators have now gotten into the scrum going on with Pfizer basically  blocking the generic release of Lipitor.    How Pfizer did this is pretty impressive.  By lowering the price to $4 and making that deal available to pharmacies and insurance companies, they effectively shut out the competition by price.   These techniques…

New “Meaningful Use” Bumper Sticker Ideas

  • 15000 hours will get you 15% with Meaningful Use….okay 1.5%
  • Meaningful Use: The other white noise
  • Meaningful Use: Even We Don’t Know What It Means
  • I’ve Got Your Meaningful Use Right Here!
  • Meaningful Use: Trust us, we’re the government
  • Meaningful Use – The best thing since leeches and bloodletting
  • Meaningful use- From the same people who brought us OBAMACARE !
  • Meaningful Use: Don’t think this means you’re not going to get screwed in the end
  • Meaningful Use = How to be used, meaningfully.

How To Fix The Healthcare System by Our Readers

There are thousands of you who read this blog.  Most of you are in the healthcare field.  All of us are patients.  How would you fix the healthcare industry to make it better?  I have been collecting some great ideas to spread them around.   Read what people have sent in below. I am sure…