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February 13, 2014

Feb. 13, 2014: Letters to the editor

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3. Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Directors. (Funeral Directors?)

4. National Security and Intelligence Activities: May release medical information about you to authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities authorized by law.

5. Protective Services for the President (huh?) and Others: We may disclose medical information about you to authorized federal officials so they may provide protection to the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state or conduct special investigations.

All these people can inspect and peruse my husband’s medical history, but I can’t find out one thing without his permission! There’s something wrong with that. Those people don’t care about him, yet they can know anything they want any time they want.

I love my husband but I need permission (I do have it) to call the doctor or hospital to ask questions regarding anything medical. Once, he just assumed, I could find out anything I needed to know, so I called, but they wouldn’t tell me. He corrected that right away. I wonder why they even bother with HIPAA when anyone can hack into the computer system?

I understand the need for privacy, but in this day and age, what good is it?

Susan Louks

Kokomo

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