'Biobank' bill threatens genetic privacy

'Biobank' bill threatens genetic privacy

CCHF President, Twila Brase, was published in the Pioneer Press on April 17, 2013 regarding legislation in the Minnesota House and Senate that would grant authority for DNA and personal medical information to be collected, stored and used for research WITHOUT individual consent. It has now been APPROVED by the Senate but still will need to be heard by the House before it can go to the Governor. Protect your Privacy! Sign the NoBiobank petition

RE: CCHF Letter Opposing MN Collection of Patient Medical Records

Unless the Administrative Law Judge chooses otherwise, the Minnesota public will be at the mercy of the Health Department's warehousing, data-mining, tracking, research and health care rationing agendas. Their private data will be warehoused in the State of Maine and placed online. They won't have had a choice—or a voice.

CCHF Letter to Gov. Pawlenty Opposing Government-Issued Treatment Protocols

After our delivery in May 2004, citizen petitions continued to arrive at our office. We include these because we believe they were not part of the petitions you received last year. And like those delivered last year, we have placed them in a red binder.

Letter to MN Senators - "Seven Concerns"

The Minnesota legislature should not authorize the establishment of a medical decision-making bureaucracy in state government. We believe this legislation is a giant step toward state-approved health care rationing and government control of the practice of medicine. These proposals violate the rights of citizens and patients, interfere in the patient-doctor relationship, and are inconsistent with a free society.

Physician Letter on Mandatory Use of "Best Evidence"

Dr. Charles Phillips, M.D. from Fresno California succinctly rebuts the idea of "best practices" and "evidence-based medicine."

17 Medicare Facts *

17 Medicare Facts *

Americans have certain longstanding beliefs about the Medicare system, however, this document provides 17 facts about Medicare that may make citizens reconsider their current beliefs...and reconsider  the continued imposition of Medicare on Americans.

Present Health Coverage Breeds Waste

Employer-sponsored coverage has institutionalized waste and inefficiency. With employees trapped by Congress in employer health plans, insurers and managed care organizations have been able to extract double digit premium increases each year. Truth be told, individuals would never buy what employers are annually required to purchase to keep their employees happy. But because most employees don't understand they are actually absorbing the cost of these increases, they're not complaining. They should be.

HMO Guidelines or New Mandates?

The key to cost-containment is consumer control over health care dollars. Personal financial incentives, such as medical savings accounts and federal health care tax deductions, will drive health care costs down by encouraging individual cost-consciousness. Although HMOs want their enrollees to believe treatment guidelines will provide safer and better medical care, patients should be cautious about embracing an initiative that may use words on a page to limit health care services.

Applications to Med School Decline

Let's not kid ourselves. Becoming a physician today requires more than altruism. It requires courage. Caring for patients is a day-to-day battle with managed care companies. Committing an error in billing is now a federal offense. And following burdensome tomes of government regulations is all but impossible.

Blame Congress for HMOs

Blame Congress for HMOs

Only 27 years ago, congressional Republicans and Democrats agreed that American patients should gently but firmly be forced into managed care. That patients do not know this fact is evidenced by public outrage directed at health maintenance organizations (HMOs) instead of Congress.