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Honor: The majority of encounters with patients do not involve things of which privacy is critical. Privacy enters when the issue is drug habits, sexual habits, criminal behavior and mental disorder. Significant legislation limits the passage of such information and patient permission is almost always required. The limits are legal allowances such as public health matters, and insurance inquiries. ...Read more
Time Factors: Sorry you are experiencing this. Many emergency rooms understand this is a problem and attempt to have private rooms, but even our department occasionally uses hall beds. We understand it is a privacy issue- but with overcrowding we would rather treat you in a less private area than leave you in the waiting room. ...Read more
Is there any way to receive free counseling without going through health insurance? What if you aren't covered or just want privacy? Please help me.
Do u think with all medical records becoming digital by 2015, hackers will be able to get peoples confidential records and privacy will be a big issue?
Privacy: Health care privacy will continue to be a "big issue, " especially with continued push for more electronic record-keeping. I suspect hackers, too, will be a constant threat to healthcare information. ...Read more
Same thing: Hipaa (health information portability & accountability act) is the name of the us federal law controlling the confidentiality of medical records. The basic idea is that your med records are yours, so you have the right to say who can & can't see them, but the law also makes it easier for all of the doctors who are treating you to share information appropriately so things don't get missed. ...Read more
Privacy: there should be concern for everyone's privacy no matter what gender you are. There should be personal privacy concerning examinations and privacy of your medical information. There are specific laws concerning privacy of information called HIPPA. If you have concerns about your privacy you should contact the hospital administration. ...Read more