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What's the HIPAA document that you are usually asked to sign at the Dr's office?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:58 AM on Aug. 16, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It's the privacy act

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:36 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • why haven't you asked the people who are asking you to sign it...or read it before signing it? are you always so trusting?

    it's a document that basically says your personal information cannot be shared with anyone other than those who have a right/need to know about your medical history--doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other related personnel can view your information as it relates to giving you proper care.

    under obama's proposed health care plan, hippa laws would be null and they would be electronically available for anyone who can hack in to the system, as well as people not in the medical field. privacy will be no longer under the government plan.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:34 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • Sign it now because if this moron's health care by fraudulent ways gets passed you will never be offered another one.
    It is suppose to mean that no one can talk about or share your private and personal info.....however, nothing is ever concrete is it?

    Answer by bloodbought at 8:48 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • Just guessing here but I think this document came about after the boom of computers. This is a way of the government saying your private information is at the mercy of computer hackers and this documents exempts the gov or any liability.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 AM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • The first post is correct. Its an agreement that the doctors offices cannot share your personal, private or medical records with anyone. You can sometimes request that lab tests or appts be left on your voicemail or with your significant other, but they cannot tell anyone your business and they cant talk about it amongst themselves. THey are just basically telling you that your personal records are safe with them. Its really to protect you, but I suppose it covers their butt too.

    Answer by momofsaee at 9:05 AM on Aug. 16, 2009