The peril to our privacy

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sue A. Blevins

written 10/02; posted 06/05/06

If the Bush administration has its way, beginning in April 2003 individuals' personal health information -- including genetic information -- will be shared with data-processing companies, insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, researchers, and others without their consent. This is a major shift from today's standard whereby patients give their consent before their medical records are shared with third parties. The administration proposes to eliminate the current standard in order to make processing medical claims more efficient. If the changes are adopted, every American will have effectively lost any ability to maintain a confidential doctor-patient relationship. How did the federal medical privacy rule come about? Who was behind it? What can Americans do to protect their medical privacy?

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