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Doctors object to patients' access to notes

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1270
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    The Australian Medical Association is fighting plans by the federal privacy commissioner to make doctors surrender all their medical records to patients who demand them within 30 days and at no cost.

    The association wants some parts of the notes to remain beyond the scope of the draft guidelines for the new privacy laws, claiming that they are the doctors' intellectual property and if viewed independently could cause anxiety.

    The association's president, Dr Kerryn Phelps, said there were two levels of medical records, and she had no problem with doctors …

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