A little-discussed provision in President Obama’s economic stimulus
plan would demand that every American submit to a government
program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out,
and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed.
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.
By Bob Unruh
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