About the Institute for Health Freedom (IHF)
Which existed between 1996 and 2010
Updated November 19, 2010
The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) was founded in 1996 and disbanded in 2010. Its programs, including its newsletter Health Freedom Watch, were transferred to Citizens' Council for Health Freedom.
IHF was founded to bring the issues of personal health freedom to the
forefront of America's health policy debate. Over the years, IHF presented the ethical and economic case for strengthening
personal "health freedom," defined as
"The freedom to choose one's health care providers and treatments, and to maintain confidential relationships with one's providers, without interference from government or private third parties."
Over the years, IHF's perspectives on health freedom and medical privacy issues were cited in newspapers across the country, including the Boston Globe, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
IHF was founded by Sue A. Blevins, who served as IHF's president from 1996 to 2010.
A former Registered Nurse, Ms. Blevins developed her
insights into the American and Canadian health care
systems through years of hands-on experience in both
of those countries.
She received a Master of Public Health degree from
Harvard University and Master of Science and Bachelor
of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University.