The most frequent question that the National MS Society's MS Navigators field about medical privacy
is whether employers can get access to a person's health information through insurance or benefits paperwork.
33) In short, the proportion acting on their concerns about the loss of medical privacy
has grown significantly in half a decade.
If the loss of medical privacy
stands, it may also create a "black market" of completely private medical care for those few individuals who can afford it.
In plain English, the guidance document answers questions about the medical privacy
rule that have caused some confusion.
In fall 1999, HHS released a proposed medical privacy
regulation that was the subject of extensive comment, and in December 2000, it released the final version.
Recently, the high value that ordinary Americans place on medical privacy
was shown in a September 2000 Gallup poll sponsored by the Institute for Health Freedom, in which the respondents strongly opposed unauthorized access to medical records.
Perhaps the most noteworthy development in recent months was President Bush's April decision to implement the medical privacy
regulations approved late in the Clinton administration.
We believe there is widespread public support for strong medical privacy
protection and we would be disappointed if the administration attempted to weaken or postpone implementation," said a coalition of 15 organizations.
WASHINGTON -- A new medical privacy
regulation developed during the Clinton administration has been okayed by President George Bush.
The House Banking Committee did pass a medical privacy
bill that garnered significant support from industry.
The Clinton administration developed the rules after Congress missed a 3-year deadline calling on lawmakers to draft medical privacy
In delaying these medical privacy
rules, Secretary Thompson stated that, "Our goal is to achieve privacy protection that works.