What Can A Hospital Do With Drug Screen Info?
April 4, 2011 4:10 PM Subscribe
What can the hospital do with drug test results that are positive?
posted by amicamentis to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
made me think about the drug testing procedures at hospitals, specifically in the ER. The OP in that situation said he did not agree to those tests and just signed a generic consent form.
I understand why a hospital would want to know what drugs were in your system - better diagnosis, less chance of adverse effects with new medication, et cetera. However, what do they do with these results if they come back positive? I am assuming that they have no obligation to inform the police, but what about if the patient in question is in a situation where they must remain drug free (probation, government job, etc)?
Can a judge subpoena a hospitals' records?
Does the health insurance company find out? Would this be cause enough to raise rates or drop you from their coverage? Would future health insurers be privy to this information?