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What Medical Privacy?

May 19, 2003

Have you been to your doctor lately? Mine has asked me to read and sign a multi-page form detailing the privacy surrounding my medical records. It's presented to make it appear that our privacy is increasing, but a close read says that private medical information may now be released to law enforcement if it might help locate suspects and solve crimes. It used to be that the police needed a court order to look at your medical records. This is less privacy than before, not more. Can you spell "police state"?

Karl Simanonok

Long Beach

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