Dutch face disclosure of medical records

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 21 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:571
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    People who take out life insurance in the Netherlands from 1 March may have to authorise disclosure of their medical records if they die within a fixed period.

    The proposal, from the association of insurers, would end the position in which Dutch doctors are the only doctors in Europe who are not allowed to disclose information on patients relating to life insurance claims. The association wants to tighten up the current requirements because of what it claims …

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