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Economic stimulus? Feds want your medical records
Electronic database to include lawsuit, mental health, abortion, sexual
Posted: January 27, 2009
By Bob Unruh
A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan
would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic
without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little
Patients might be alarmed, too, privacy advocates said, if they realized
information such as documentation on abortions, mental health problems,
impotence, being labeled as a non-compliant patient, lawsuits against doctors and
sexual problems could be shared electronically with, perhaps, millions of people.
Sue A. Blevins, president of the Institute for Health Freedom, said unless
people have the right to decide "if and when" their health information is
shared, there is no real privacy.
"President Obama has pledged to advance freedom," she said. "Therefore the
freedom to choose not to participate in a national electronic health-records
system must be upheld."
Blevins' organization, one of the few raising the alarm at this point, said
the stimulus plan would impose an electronic health records system on every
person in the U.S. without any provision for seeking patient consent or
allowing them not to participate. (Continue with link below for more....)