How private are "private" medical records?
October 20, 2006 4:27 PM Subscribe
How much of my medical history is available to prospective employers/government institutions, and are there any questions regarding medical history or treatment that I am not legally obligated to answer?
posted by anonymous to law & government (7 answers total)
I recently received inpatient psychiatric care in the state of California under a 5150 (mandatory 72hr hold), as well as during my teenage years in Illinois. Notwithstanding any potential ethical considerations, if I choose not to reveal this information in an employment or government service application, is there any way that it can be accessed without my permission/authorization? While the medical records themselves may be protected under patient's privacy laws, would the ER admissions/insurance claims be accessible? Could the information be obtained through my financial records? And if I do choose to answer "no" to any of the questions, are there potential legal repurcussions to doing so?
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