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.
Kristin S. Held, MD