Privacy concerns

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 26 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:519
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    If you should become infected with gonococcus, Treponema pallidum, hepatitis B, or HIV, you may not wish this information published in the local newsletter, disseminated to your friends, or discussed in a loud voice by enthusiastic medical students before an interested audience in a crowded elevator. You may not want your medical records sent to every insurance company in the country. You would accordingly be pleased to hear that …

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