Protecting privacy of health information for those who serve and protect us

Hébert, Paul C.; Sibbald, Barbara; Stanbrook, Matthew B.; Flegel, Ken; MacDonald, Noni
November 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;11/23/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 17, pE755
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the issue of breach of privacy of personal health information of Gulf War veteran Captain Sean Bruyea. The author contends that the complete disregard by federal institutions of privacy rights involving sensitive personal health information is disturbing, wherein he argues that U.S. Veterans Affairs must treat veterans like beneficiaries not like private insurance claimants. He believes that these veterans and their families deserve an apology to stop this kind of abuse.


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