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US Congress considers medical privacy bill

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:962
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    The US Congress is considering passing the nation's first comprehensive medical privacy bill. The multipart legislation–termed the Medical Information Privacy and Security Act (MIPSA)—would require a patient's consent before the transfer of medical records. Congress has set a deadline of August 1999 for debate about the bill.

    A statement issued by the bill's sponsor, Democratic senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, said MIPSA would create “a set of rules and norms to govern the disclosure of personal health …

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