Daily Archives: June 18, 2013

Obamacare and privacy

Your Medical Privacy: Another Obamacare Casualty by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet

Although government jargon in the HHS rules disracts from their real goal, the end result is clear: government bureaucrats would have access to the health records from all private insurance companies — including yours—whether you want them to or not. My patients are horrified at the idea that health information so personal, and at times painful, could be released to a government database, open to anyone with access to the system. Sadly, your medical privacy is another casualty of the damage caused by Obamacare new rules and regulations governing health professionals.

Today, YOU are the owner of your medical records that reside with your personal physician. You control to whom your information is released. You can decide to pay for your medical care and not allow your doctor to release your medical information to an insurance company.

Under the new rules, the Federal government will own and control your medical records, without your giving further permision. The government will be your new “overlord” controlling your medical information on federal computers in a federal database. You will no longer control to whom your medical information is sent.

Be careful out there.

Interestingly enough, Dr. Vliet is not signed up with any insurance carriers, although she will provide billing information so you can submit yourself.