Letter to my patients regarding my United Healthcare provider status

February 2, 2015

Dear Cherished Patient,

Whether I have seen you for the last 25 years or only once, I regard our patient-doctor relationship as private, personalized, inviolable, and not subject to outside interference from overreaching government agencies and insurance corporations.

Taking care of you is a privilege and a blessing.

The preeminent relationship must remain between the patient and doctor, not the patient and the insurance corporation or the patient and the government bureaucrat where you are regarded impersonally, as a line item on a business transaction or data point in “group based” collectivist healthcare.

As the government mandate to purchase health insurance from favored corporations selling “Qualified Health Plans” and other regulatory features of Obamacare kick in, our relationship is being intentionally broken and replaced.

As of today, I am no longer an “in-network provider” for United Healthcare.

Whether or not I am listed as a “provider” on your insurance plan, I remain steadfastly your physician. I honor my Hippocratic Oath and pledge you my all- to provide the very best, individualized, state-of-the-art, and dignified care based on your personal condition, decisions, and choices.

I pray you will choose to continue in my care. I have a fair and transparent fee schedule. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the cost savings associated with direct patient care models, where 80-90% of the cost is not squandered on billing, administration, and third party. You may choose to file with your insurance company for care from me as an “out of network provider”, and I will provide you with the appropriate billing codes.

As a patient, I choose my own physicians and surgeons. I do not let the insurance corporation or federal government dictate who will provide my care, what my treatment will be, or who will do my surgery. I hope you and our fellow American patients will do the same.

Please understand that in order to honor, protect, and defend the sacred patient-doctor relationship, the Hippocratic Oath, and my pledge to you, I cannot continue under contract and control of those who seek to eliminate my ability and autonomy to care for you.

I look forward to many more years with you.

Sincerely,

Kristin S. Held, MD

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12 thoughts on “Letter to my patients regarding my United Healthcare provider status

  1. I agree with you. I live in Sacramento and was working for Dignity Healthcare in billing. Our office name was changed to Optum 360 they said because we are a separate entity from all of the hospitals. Then the next year they changed the insurance to United Healthcare. Our deductible went $6,000 per year from $50.00 with $5.00 copay now plan is 80/20. I am so tired of this and so stressed out that I am out now on stress leave.

  2. Love your courageous stand! We have a similar outlook and are working toward a patient centric, market based replacement to the ACA and would welcome your input I to our efforts at the web address listed above.

  3. The Sheriff’s Assotiation is standing up against a lawless president and Doctors are standing up against him too. Top Military leaders are exposing him as an enemy of the Constitution and a friend of radical islam. Be warned, a cornered animal, even a very small one like obama, will lash out when they feel trapped. Obama’s narcissistic personality disorder will cause him to lash out against We, the People. Our Country is in grave peril. If pushed much further, I believe he will declare a State of Emergency, which will give him absolute, dictatorial powers and can only be recinded BY HIM, or by his forced removal from office. The Sheriffs are calling him out as a Constitutional criminal. This is a coup, an overthrow of OUR Constitutional Republic and We cannot let it occur. Just be alert, be ready because the shit is about to hit the fan.

    • Not to worry Charles. The free market will prevail and free Americans will rise up against oppression. The citizens of the United States have more guns than the government and our military, past and present, has our backs.

    • Charles, I believe, and have believed this to be a very true statement, and have believed it for quite some time!
      Thank you for voicing this reality!!

  4. As a fellow physician I applaud you but most cannot follow your lead with overhead, house payments, college tuition, etc. I am so fortunate to be old and able to retire to escape the dissolution of medical care as we know it and desire.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and respond, Dr. Rothwell. We must never surrender our profession to those who do not value individual worth, life, and Liberty. While you are dispirited and ready to throw in the towel, engage and educate your patients and colleagues. This is our calling, our oath.

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