'Wedge' aims to cut insurers from doctor and patient

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

doctor with patientAn effort aims to bring doctors and patients together on an affordable and confidential level.

The project is called The Wedge of Health Freedom, an initiative of Citizens' Council for Heath Freedom (CCHF).

Twila Brase, CCHF president and co-founder, says it takes us back to the way health care was before insurance companies.

"Patients paid their own bills to the doctors, the doctors didn't sign any contracts with health insurers, and so there was a no interference and there was affordable care," she explains.

"The Wedge has a website," she continues, "in which all of the doctors are cash-based, they accept cash, check or charge, they don't accept Medicare, they don't accept health insurance, and that's where the patients can find those doctors."

The website allows patients to find doctors and also seeks doctors to join The Wedge effort.

So what's behind calling this effort "The Wedge" though?

"Within the sphere of health care, there is a space of health freedom that exists today in third-party-free practices," says Brase. "We wanted to protect and grow that space of freedom so that patients and doctors would always have a place to escape into out of the current system of corporate and government controls. So we branded it The Wedge of Health Freedom."

Brase, Twila (CCHF)According to Brase, running things through a health insurance company only makes things unaffordable.

"That allows interference from outsiders," she claims, "and that's where a lot of the consolidation and lack of choice is coming from."

Consolidation is on the rise, with certain insurance companies wanting to merge in recent months or years. ObamaCare has been among the stated reasons as to why.

Regardless, even retailers have thrown their hat in the health care ring. CVS, for example, purchased Aetna in 2017.

Walmart, meanwhile, is looking to acquire Humana.

"I understand why this consolidation is happening, and I understand why Walmart would like to buy Humana," says Brase. "But I think the problem is the more consolidated everything becomes eventually the more expensive it all becomes and the fewer choices there are." 

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