Doctor's solo practice goes against the crowd

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 3:50 PM

Back in his hometown of Cold Spring, Dr. Christopher Wenner is bucking the trend toward consolidation.

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elguevonNov. 3, 1210:34 PM

Outstanding. Patient first....about time a primary doctor actually practiced that rather than trying to meet a quota. Bravo!

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vlombardyNov. 3, 1211:06 PM

Bravo to this good man. I hope this becomes a trend in all businesses. Small is beautiful.

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scoot54Nov. 3, 1211:19 PM

Fantastic article on Dr. Wenner! I live in St. Cloud and switched to him last year on my Dermatologists recommendation, (his sister) and couldn't be happier. They're both exceptional Dr.'s who truly care about their patients.

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uptownbred63Nov. 3, 1211:49 PM

This is what healthcare would benefit from. Family doctors that know their patients. Low overhead in a community setting. Knowing your patients names and something about them helps in diagnosing their illnesses. Corporate care with an office on every corner is too expensive and inneffective. Fast food medicine with doctors as employees is detrimental to our health. Take the businessmen out of our healthcare and give the business back to those that should be the owners.

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verndaleNov. 4, 12 6:24 AM

Hopeful to learn of medical doctor who allows time for patients' questions and gives out cell number.

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daveseavyNov. 4, 12 7:55 AM

This is truly why doctors go into medicine; they want to help others. Doctors often get a lot of static for being rushed and not spending enough time with patients, but it's not the Dr's fault. Large medical facilities have bean counters who look only at the bottom line. Dr. Wenner took a big risk and I hope it pays off handsomely - not just in income, but also the good feelings of knowing he's a true asset to the profession and his community.

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vlombardyNov. 4, 12 8:21 AM

Unfortunately, Many of Dr. Wenner's potential patients have insurance that will not cover his services, since he is "out of network" for them. The theory is that it is easier to monitor practices in a large group than in a collection of small, independent groups. This is nonsense, as the same practice guidlines that each specialty has developed-and continues to develop-are available to all practitioners. With today's computerization, it is easy to monitor anyon'e practice patterns and results. Blue Cross has been doing this for years with their small-area analyses. It shouldn't be any more difficult to get coverage that includes Dr. Wenner than anyone else.

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amyj1001Nov. 4, 12 9:29 AM

vlombardy, how do you know that many of his potential patients have insurance that doesn't cover his services? (Or were you quoting someone else whose comment is no longer visible?) According to Dr. Wenner's website, "Yes. I accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid." I checked my plan, BC/BS of MN Aware Plan, and saw that he is accepted by my plan.

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taxpayer09Nov. 4, 12 9:43 AM

What a hopeful article. Thanks to the Strib for sharing his story - perhaps it will encourage others to consider doing what this fine doctor has. I hope he finds great reward for the risk he's taken; not just financially. But clearly he aims to be a good doctor to his patients. If only we all could be so lucky as to have someone of his character in our communities.

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rcsddspaNov. 4, 1210:31 AM

I am also another of Dr. Wenner's patients. He is a great M.D., very caring and a great person. I have known him since he was a youngster and he has great family values and considerate of all. It's wonderful to see him succeed. A very nice article by the tribune. I was a dentist in a neighboring town for 44 years and can't say enough nice things about Dr. Wenner as a M.D. and as a individual.

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