Patient-Doctor Relationships Thrive Inside ‘The Wedge of Health Freedom’

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2016
 
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Patient-Doctor Relationships Thrive Inside
‘The Wedge of Health Freedom’
 
Roadmap to Patient-, Price- and Privacy-Friendly Health Care Part of
New Initiative from Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom
 
ST. PAUL, Minn.—Americans are waking up to a better way to experience excellence, economy and innovation in medicine.
 
Inside The Wedge of Health Freedom (www.JointheWedge.com), a new initiative from Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF, www.cchfreedom.org), both patients and doctors have a roadmap to find each other and engage in a direct relationship, providing affordable and quality care.
 
“The Wedge is a free-trade zone for health care,” said CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase. “It’s operating nationwide, but we’re branding it ‘The Wedge of Health Freedom’ to draw the public’s attention to this patient-centered, freedom-embracing slice of American health care that is mostly invisible to the public today. We aim to make the invisible visible, and then expand its reach.
 
“The Wedge will bring patients and doctors back together again for patient-friendly, pocketbook-friendly and privacy-friendly care,” Brase continued in a recent installment of her daily radio feature, “Health Freedom Minute,” which is heard on nearly 800 stations nationwide. “This is the ethical way health care was and what it must become again.”
 
The Wedge is a nationwide movement to build public awareness, to make this attractive free-trade zone for health care visible, to legislatively defend it and to build it so large that it can never be taken away.
 
Already operating under Wedge principles—and encouraging other physicians to do the same—is Dr. Brenda Arnett, who operates a third-party-free practice in Virginia. Arnett says that having just 400 patients in her practice, rather than triple as many, allows her to know that she is giving the best care possible to those who trust her as their doctor.  
 
“During my residency and the one year I spent in a traditional, multi-specialty group practice,” Arnett said, “I became extremely frustrated with the large number of patients that I had to see per day, frustrated with the insurance intervention and life-changing decisions for patients and the poor care that often resulted. I was losing sleep every night. I worried about my patients. If I just had more time, I could have given them better care. So 10 years ago, I decided to leave the traditional group practice and establish a cash-only, fee-for-service practice. It was a practice just like that of my grandfather’s before the invasion of Medicare.”
 
At a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to announce The Wedge of Health Freedom, Arnett provided the example of a patient whose life-threatening diagnosis was missed. Only after Arnett spent significant time with him was she able to diagnose an infection of a heart valve his cardiologist had missed.
 
“I spend an hour and a half with a new patient and 45 minutes with a return patient,” Arnett added. “As a result, the patient gets better care, and some of my patients actually drive two hours to come see me. I have made diagnoses in patients of mine that other physicians have missed. The Wedge of Health Freedom is a plan to restore the private patient-physician relationship, it is beneficial to both the patient and the physician, and it allows freedom from third-party invasion. It is the choice I made 10 years ago that allows me to sleep better at night.”
 
The online center for The Wedge, www.JointheWedge.com, allows doctors to learn how they can operate a Wedge practice, and will soon give patients information on how to find these practices that incorporate the eight Wedge principles:
 
1      Transparent and affordable pricing
2      Freedom of choice
3      True patient privacy
4      No government reporting
5      No outside interference
6      Cash-based pricing
7      A protected patient-doctor relationship
8      All patients welcome
 
CCHF is a national patient-centered health freedom organization existing to protect health care choices, individualized patient care, and medical and genetic privacy rights. For more information about CCHF, visit its web site at www.cchfreedom.org, its Facebook page or its Twitter feed @CCHFreedom. For more about The Wedge of Health Freedom, visit www.JointheWedge.com, The Wedge Facebook page or follow The Wedge on Twitter @wedgeoffreedom.

 

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