Resolved: That the United States federal government should significantly increase protection of privacy in the United States in one or more of the following areas:



How Clinton's Health Care Regulations will Undermine Patient Privacy

by Sue Blevins, April 21, 2000 (Heritage Fd. Backgrounder)

President Clinton recently unveiled a large body of federal regulations ostensibly designed to protect Americans' medical privacy. In the statement announcing the proposed U.S.


How the Medicare Bureaucracy Threatens Patient Privacy

Robert E. Moffit, Ph.D., Paul Appelbaum, M.D.,
Kent Masterson Brown, Jim Pyles, Ronald Welcho, October 15, 1999 (Heritage Lectures)

While Congress has been engaged in a heated debate over managed care reform and the media have reported another increase in the number of Americans without health insurance, a crucial health-policy issue is being neglected: the privacy of personal medical records.


HCFA's Latest Assault on Patient Privacy

By Robert E. Moffit, March 22, 1999 (Heritage Executive Memo)

The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the powerful bureaucracy that runs the Medicare program, is out of control


Building Bureaucreacy and Invading Patient Privacy: Maryland's Health Care Regulations

by Dale Snyder, April 16, 1998 (Heritage Backgrounder)

Maryland is a microcosm of many serious problems besetting America's health care system today. Doctors and patients alike are losing control, and the number of uninsured persons in the state is rising.


Patient Confidentiality Endangered by Employer Access to Health Records

January 20, 1999 (Heritage News & Views)

With more and more employers seeking detailed medical information about their employees, this Heritage Foundation study argues that switching to a system of worker-owned health plans would help restore patient privacy. President Clinton acknowledged this growing problem in his State of the Union address and pledged to help "protect the privacy of medical records."


Protecting the Privacy of Medical Records: An Ethical Analysis

National Coalition for Patient Rights (White Paper)

In 1996, in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Congress gave itself until August 1999 to enact legislation to protect medical privacy. That deadline is fast approaching. Legislative mandates aside, why does it matter whether legal privacy protections extend to the confidentiality and security of our medical information?


How Tax Reforms Would Help Protect Patient Confidentiality

by Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D., and Carrie J. Gavora, January 19, 1999 (Heritage)

Congress faces many challenges in the area of health care reform, including the need to combat renewed and ill-conceived attempts to regulate managed care through "patient's bill of rights" proposals. But a deadline is approaching on another health care issue that is of equal concern: how to protect the privacy of a patient's medical information.





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