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Or, where on earth did he learn how to cook?

Mostly, from world-class physicians! A love of reading and probing for answers fuels Hunter's quest for why American healthcare is what it is and what we can do about it. Well, who are we kidding? The man's an Infomaniac.

Below are good reference materials and books for your consideration. Take a deeper dive if you want to learn more or even become an expert. Check back often as we add them as he reads them. 

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Author and Physician

Shane Purcell, MD


Five years ago, my practice partner Dr. Amy Cianciolo and I started down the magical road of direct primary care (DPC) leading away from a frustrating and inadequate healthcare system. This model of care was the closest thing to achieving the healthcare quadruple aim of lowering costs, improving health, and increasing both patient and physician satisfaction. After a year or so, employers large and small started asking for our high access, low costs direct care. This book is the culmination of years of experience working with employers (small and large), the magic and the mistakes. The book is written from the DPC physician perspective and the DPC physician is the main focus to learn how to approach employers, work with them and their benefits advisors. In addition, there are specific sections for employers and benefits advisors to learn about DPC and how, together, all three groups can work to achieve some magic and miracles.

Author and Physician

Douglas Farrago, MD


True Tales of the ridiculous, the silly, and the just plain weird cases doctors face—lampooning the medical bureaucracy that makes practicing medicine and getting medical care such a headache.

Doctors have a sick sense of humor. This is the deep, dark, and hilarious secret of the medical profession revealed by the irreverent Dr. Douglas Farrago in his popular satirical magazine, Placebo Journal—affectionately known by its thousands of fanatic readers as “Mad magazine for doctors” and called, by U.S. News.com, “raunchy, adolescent, and very funny.” Now, in The Placebo Chronicles, Dr. Farrago has compiled the best of the most outrageous and uproarious true stories to come out of the ERs and examination rooms of doctors all over the country.

Author and Physician

Douglas Farrago, MD


As a Direct Primary Care doctor, you have a big hill to climb. The job is not easy. It's an uncertain world that can be as scary as it is gratifying. The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal helps you in this endeavor by using the old-fashioned, pen-and-paper method allowing you to brainstorm, concentrate and gather your thoughts.

Just fifteen minutes each morning with DPC specific questions will help you be the doctor you always wanted to be, in the practice you always wanted to have. But there's a secret: you can’t be told what to think or believe. You must work through the process and find the answers yourself. That is what this book is for.

Author and Physician

Douglas Farrago, MD


By the year 2000, pharmaceutical companies were spending more than $15 billion dollars a year on promoting prescription drugs in the United States. It was not uncommon to see doctors going to extravagant dinners, amusement parks and golfing events, all sponsored by these companies and all orchestrated by what are called drug reps.

In 2002, Douglas Farrago first pieced together a fictionalized, diary-like version of this tale, which spread virally on the Internet and became an instant hit, especially with drug reps. Initially called Diary of a Pharmaceutical Representative (Drug Rep), it was reproduced first in Dr. Farrago’s humorous medical magazine called the Placebo Journal and then in his book The Placebo Chronicles. It even inspired a 2005 NY Times article called “Gimme an Rx! Cheerleaders Pep Up Drug Sales”. In Diary of a Drug Rep, Dr. Farrago has expanded this initial vignette, giving the reader a unique look into how drug reps lived, worked and “sold” their products in their heyday. 

Author and Physician

Julie K. Gunther, MD


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design the medical clinic of your dreams?

What if you could practice medicine the way you originally envisioned?

What if we could simplify...really simplify...the delivery of routine medical care?

In this quick, conversational read, family physician, Julie K Gunther, MD, FAAFP explains why she had to leave her job within the healthcare system to do the work she trained to do.

Author and Business Owner

David Goldhill


A visionary investigation that will change the way we think about health care: how and why it is failing, why expanding coverage will actually make things worse, and how our health care can be transformed into a transparent, affordable, successful system.

In 2007, David Goldhill’s father died from infections acquired in a hospital - one of more than two hundred thousand avoidable deaths per year caused by medical error. The bill was enormous - and Medicare paid it. These circumstances left Goldhill angry and determined to understand how world-class technology and personnel could coexist with such carelessness - and how a business that failed so miserably could be paid in full. Catastrophic Care is the eye-opening result.

Author and Physician

Douglas Farrago, MD


Being a family doctor isn’t easy. Why? Because you’re either an employed physician or a doctor trying to survive on your own. Both are making doctors quit their profession every day. You have heard about direct primary care as an option, but you have been bombarded with misleading advertising, confusing recommendations, and bad information from those who fear taking the leap. This makes you question yourself every day. Do you really want to become a DPC doctor? If you do, how do you go about doing it? You start by reading The Official Guide to Starting Your Direct Primary Care Practice. In this fact-filled book, you’ll discover how to avoid the common pitfalls, the top tips to market your practice, how to make patient experiences great and much more.

Author and Physician

Douglas Farrago, MD


This book is about churn or patient turnover. This is for those DPC doctors, not only those in mature practices, but also for those newbies who are just starting out. Everyone needs to worry about losing patients. It's not only a blow to your ego when people are going out the door seemingly as fast as they are coming in but also a blow to your bottom line. And it could put you out of business.This books shows you how to do those things that slow patients from leaving. The reason this is important is that once they leave they are probably gone forever. In fact, this book will show you to never argue with anyone going out the door. It will show you the right way to ask “why” they left. This book will talk about value, subscription fatigue, building trust, and doing the little things and the extra touches that may save you a lot of money and heartache in the long run.

Fixing the Primary Care Crisis

Stephen Schimpff, MD


In this deeply researched yet controversial book, Stephen C. Schimpff, MD explains why our healthcare delivery system serves us so poorly and costs so much, and why government and insurer policy has not only failed to improve care delivery but has actually made it worse. Primary care physicians have been forced into a non-sustainable business model that drives them to schedule an unreasonable number of patient visits per day. Too many visits means not enough time per patient, forcing those physicians to instead refer a patient to a specialist, order a test, or write a prescription when more time would have resulted in better care at much less cost.

The Future of Medicine

Stephen Schimpff, MD


The megatrends will not only improve your quality of life but ultimately lower your health-care costs. Using layman's terms, Dr. Schimpff explains the science of what's happening on the medical frontier in ways you can understand?and shows you how to make the most of it now.

Direct Primary Care

Paul Thomas, MD


They said it couldn't be done. It wouldn't be possible to fix our broken healthcare system. It wouldn't be possible to fix a healthcare system that undervalues primary care and human relationships. But here we are, a courageous group of primary care doctors, tirelessly working to create value for our patients in communities across the country. This is the story of the Direct Primary Care movement, and how it could revolutionize not only primary care, but the entire healthcare system.

The White House Doctor

Connie Mariano, MD


Dr. Connie Mariano served 9 years at the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. She participated in world headline-making news events and traveled all over the world. She cared for visiting dignitaries and was charged with caring for all the members of the First Family. From flirting with King Juan Carlos of Spain to spending the night on the Queen of England's yacht, Dr. Mariano glimpsed a glittering and powerful celebrity that few ever see.

The Price We Pay

Marty Makary, MD


One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, travels across America and details why health care has become a bubble. 

Big Brother in the Exam Room

Twila Brase, RN


There are serious dangers lurking behind the government's $30 billion electronic health record (EHR) experiment. This omnipresent technology turns doctors into data clerks and shifts attention from patients to paperwork--while health plans, government agencies, and the health data industry profit. Patients who think the HIPAA ''privacy'' rule protects the confidentiality of their medical information will be shocked to discover it makes their medical records an open book.

The Patient Will See You Now

Eric Topol, MD


A trip to the doctor is almost a guarantee of misery. You'll make an appointment months in advance. You'll probably wait for several hours until you hear "the doctor will see you now"-but only for fifteen minutes! Then you'll wait even longer for lab tests, the results of which you'll likely never see, unless they indicate further (and more invasive) tests, most of which will probably prove unnecessary (much like physicals themselves). And your bill will be astronomical.

Longevity Decoded: The 7 Keys to Healthy Aging

Stephen Schimpff, MD


You can live a long and healthy life. There is no magic pill or Fountain of Youth, but you can achieve it with simple lifestyle modifications:
1. Eating the right foods
2. Getting the right exercise
3. Reducing and managing stress
4. Improving the quality of sleep
5. Eliminating tobacco
6. Remaining intellectually engaged
7. Staying involved socially
The advice in Longevity Decoded works—because it puts you in charge of shaping your future. Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life— Longevity Decoded is your roadmap.

Author and Physician

Kenneth A. Fisher, MD


Dr. Fisher provides the reader an in-depth understanding of how we got into this controversial, overly expensive, exceedingly complex and bureaucratic healthcare system and ends with a comprehensive solution delivering the promise of personalized health care for all at far less cost.

The Girls Who Went Away

Ann Fessler


In this deeply moving and myth-shattering work, Ann Fessler brings out into the open for the first time the astonishing untold history of the million and a half women who surrendered children for adoption due to enormous family and social pressure in the decades before Roe v. Wade. An adoptee who was herself surrendered during those years and recently made contact with her mother, Ann Fessler brilliantly brings to life the voices of more than a hundred women, as well as the spirit of those times, allowing the women to tell their stories in gripping and intimate detail.

Look at You Now

Liz Pryor


In 1979, Liz Pryor is a seventeen-year-old girl from a good family in the wealthy Chicago suburbs. Halfway through her senior year of high school, she discovers that she is pregnant—a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, siblings, and community forever. One snowy January day, after driving across three states, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers—but which is, in truth, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls.

In the cement-block residence, Liz is alone and terrified, a fish out of water—a girl from a privileged, sheltered background living amid tough, street-savvy girls who come from the foster care system or juvenile detention. But over the next six months, isolated and in involuntary hiding from everyone she knows, Liz develops a surprising bond with the other girls and begins to question everything she once held true. Told with tenderness, humor, and an open heart, Look at You Now is a deeply moving story about the most vulnerable moments in our lives—and how a willingness to trust ourselves can permanently change who we are and how we see the world.

Author and Physician

Victoria Sweet, MD


Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing. 

Creator of the Health Rosetta and cofounder of Health Rosetta Group

Dave Chase


Most CEOs, HR leaders, and others have been led to believe that controlling health benefits costs isn't possible. The CEO's Guide to Restoring the American Dream shows how this just isn't true. It's an inside look into how public and private employers and unions across the U.S. are reducing their spending by 20% or more, while improving care quality and access, by taking control of the purchasing process, aligning economic incentives, and applying simple, practical, and proven approaches.

The book opens the door to learning from these top performing benefits purchasers. It's built on the the real-life examples and successes of top performers across sectors, a field guide for how CEO's and HR leaders can improve their bottom line while improving their employees' own bottom line and health.

Creator of the Health Rosetta and cofounder of Health Rosetta Group

Dave Chase


The opioid crisis is not an anomaly. Instead, it's a self-inflicted wound, driven by a catastrophically dysfunctional health care system, leading to what has become the largest public health crisis in 100 years. Fortunately, proven antidotes exist -- all created and spearheaded by forward-looking citizen leaders and employers. It's time to scale these solutions nationwide, stop the crisis in its tracks and move us light years closer to solving the larger disaster that is our health care system.

Author

Sam Quinones


In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

Author and Physician

Pamela Wible, MD


Here's the ultimate manual for physician and medical student self-defense. Dr. Wible provides the first well-researched root cause analysis of our doctor suicide crisis. Actionable medicolegal strategies are presented in an easy-to-use handbook that helps prevent suicides while empowering victims to prevail against institutional abuse. The culmination of a 7-year investigation into 1,300 physician and medical student suicides, this action guide reveals why our doctors are dying and what we can do now at virtually no cost using the laws and agencies that already exist to defend victims.

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