Medical Privacy/Complaint Issue
December 28, 2009 5:00 PM Subscribe
ER seems to be giving out my information to 3rd parties
posted by gov_moonbeam to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last summer a very good friend of mine got hitched and thanks to a combination of keeping up with a drinking buddy, not enough time at the buffet line, I blacked out and scared my friends. Not knowing what to do (and this is the first and only time I've ever blacked out from drinking), my friends called 9-11 so I could go to the hospital. I woke up, went home with a friend for the rest of the night/following day, felt like an idiot, paid all my medical bills and in the time since then, haven't had a drop to drink.
Well in the past few weeks I've been reminded of that whole unpleasant incident because:
a) The Hospital's development department sent me a fund raising letter about how they're trying to build a birthing center.
b) I got a phone message from a collections company in their metropolitan area stating that they needed to talk to me in regards to the ER visit. I call back confused (I paid my bill & have verbal confirmation from the hospital & my insurance company that all business is closed out) and the women I spoke with can't find any sort of record attached to my phone #.
So I want to contact the hospital and ask them what's up and possible also complain about how I've been contacted recently by their development department and the collections agency. Am I thinking something has got really effed up here in regards to my privacy? It's in a different state from the one I live in, but getting called about a collections agency over my confidential ER visit seems beyond the pale. Not to mention getting hit up to donate money to the hospital.