Sunday, October 22, 2006

Health care concerns

A story by Max Alexander in the November 2006 Reader's Digest
(here)
discusses this issue with respect to medical treatment and hospital bills.

In a system like what is proposed here, hospitals and medical providers would be required to send a notification to the preferred NCOA address, so that if treatment was obtained under false pretenses, the real person would find out.

There are HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) concerns. Sometimes an individual is unable to review records of treatment obtained under false pretenses, and medical providrs are reluctant to change them. A medical consumer can request an "accounting of disclosures."

There is a further discussion on World Privacy Forum,
here.

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