Douglas Farrago, M.D.: The Teeth of the Maine Government

This article is shamelessly stolen from former Maine doctor, Douglas Farrago, M.D.’s Authentic Medicine Blog. In big news, “the State of Maine’s Bureau’s Market Conduct Unit performed a comprehensive review of Anthem’s complaint handling after Bureau investigators reported several late and missing responses to complaints forwarded to Anthem by the Bureau. The exam found that the company repeatedly failed to comply with Maine law, requiring insurance companies to respond to the Bureau’s consumer complaint inquiries within 14 days. The examination also found that the company failed to accurately report some annually required data and failed to facilitate a timely completion of the … Continue reading

Douglas Farrago M.D.: Singapore’s Healthcare System

A great post stolen from Dr. Doug Farrago’s Authentic Medicine Blog.  He is absolutely right; instead of following the examples of failing healthcare systems like Canada’s, the U.K’s, or Sweden’s, we should look to successful ones, like Singapore’s, and maybe Switzerland’s. Michael Ciampi, M.D.   Check out this article in Forbes about Singapore’s Healthcare System.   Here are some highlights: Pricing is extremely transparent. Singapore spends 4.9% of its gross domestic product on healthcare. The European Union and Canada spend double. The United States spends more than triple at 17%. Singapore is the most cost-efficient healthcare system in the world. Singapore has … Continue reading

Farrago: Loopholes, Liars, and Hypocrites

The blog post below was shamelessly lifted from my friend, and fellow Direct Primary Care doctor, Douglas Farrago, M.D.’s Authentic Medicine Blog Site.  It is a brilliant article pointing out the hypocrisy of those who love everything about Obamacare, until they are asked to pay for it. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Please read this opinion piece in the NY Times so you may see a true example of hypocrisy.   The freelance journalist, who supported Obamacare, just can’t afford it (no sh#t).  Now she is looking for what she calls a “loophole” where it would require her to “lie” about her beliefs to … Continue reading

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Diabetes and Sugar by Douglas Farrago, M.D.

This snippet is stolen from Dr. Doug Farrago’s Authentic Medicine Blog. I think I might apply for federal funding for a study I have been thinking of.  I have a hypothesis that gravity makes things fall to the ground…. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Oct 3, 2016 I pulled this from the article: New research by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, and sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, suggests that consuming too much dietary sugar could set off a process in the body that leads to prediabetes and type 2 … Continue reading

Give the Poor Insurance Companies a Break

This is another great Authentic Medicine blog by Dr. Douglas Farrago.  He points out that  we, the common men and women of this country, must comply with the rule of law and purchase health insurance or face fines.  Meanwhile, the companies that pushed the legislation through to guarantee they have involuntary customers face no consequences for not delivering what we are paying for.  It must be nice to be a crony capitalist… Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. In another example of this administration doing whatever ever they want with the Affordable Care Act it was found recently that “health insurers that sell … Continue reading

Clinical Face Time Now 29% by Douglas Farrago, M.D.

This post is shamelessly stolen from Dr. Doug Farrago’s Authentic Medicine Blog. It is a great illustration of why physicians like Dr. Farrago and myself have decided to go into the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model of practice.  We spend time with our patients rather than waste most of the day doing meaningless paperwork and data entry for insurance companies. Michael A. Ciampi, M.D. Here is what the job of being a physician has come to: During office hours, physicians spent 27% of their time providing direct clinical face time to patients Physicians also spend almost 50% of their time on … Continue reading

Dr. Big Brother

This entry below comes from the Authentic Medicine Blog edited by Douglas Farrago, M.D. He brilliantly points out that time of Big Brother is here.  The government and insurance companies are third parties that have been inserting themselves into the once sacred doctor:patient relationship for decades.  While they had always claimed that they are not practicing medicine or telling doctors what they can or cannot do for their patients, they really did.  If they refuse to pay for something, that thing will likely not get done, especially because the prices are overinflated because of the administrative cost of dealing with insurers. They … Continue reading

Fixing a Sick Doctor: A Tale of Two Systems

The post below is shamelessly lifted from Authentic Medicine, the blog of Dr. Douglas Farrago.  He is a family physician who had practiced in Maine for many years until he got tired of fighting the system.  He is now a Direct Primary Care Doctor in Forest, Virginia. In this post, he compares and contrasts the potential experiences of the same patient.  In one scenario, despite his “great insurance,” he is frustrated with how user-unfriendly the system is.  In the other, he could have had fantastic service at a very reasonable price if he had gone to a Direct Primary Care physician.  The … Continue reading

What Doctors Can Learn From Capt. James T. Kirk: Dr. Kobayashi Maru

The following post is by Douglas Farrago, M.D.  He is a very bright and brilliantly sarcastic family doctor.  He had practiced in Maine for many years, but like so many, has left for greener pastures.  He is now a Direct Primary Care Physician in Forest, VA.  To visit his blog, go to our Helpful Links page. He says the same thing that I always have, that the only way for physicians and patients to win the healthcare “game” is not to play it.  Doug does it with much more wit and humor than I possess.  His essay really resonates with me, especially as … Continue reading