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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, 9 months ago

    @onguard

    One thing promoted by this healthcare plan is a system in which all of your medical info is available with the click of a button so that no matter where you are in the country, you can get immediate and appropriate attention in an emergency. Those using this info for any other purpose will be doing so in violation of rules as described.
    Why do I care if my wife’s joint replacement surgeries or my cornea transplant are available to doctors as long as they are protected from misuse by employers or others? Mental health issues can be more sensitive, but still, if you can sue a company who illegally collects data on people, why be so concerned? Facebook and twitter seem to be much more liable to violate your privacy.
    Curiously,
    C.

  2. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @Respectful Troll

    Yet you are willing to give the government your information?

    The government is different than Facebook, et. all. You know, the government is bound by that pesky little thing known as the Constitution.

  3. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, 9 months ago

    @onguard

    Regarding your first post, how do you think that will be any different than it has been since 2002? The Patriot Act gave the government that power, not Obamacare. All of our personal data is already open to anyone with the knowhow. I know how much you like to criticize Obama, but do you believe your privacy rights will somehow magically reappear under a Republican president? During GWB’s administration, we lost what was left of those rights to not just the NSA and CIA, but to the bankers and corporations, who are allowed to access everything from your credit score, arrest records, employment history, and medical history whenever they see fit. Obamacare is less of a concern if it means my wife will get the proper treatment if she needs an ambulance.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 9 months ago

    @DaSharkie

    “Yet you are willing to give the government your information?”

    I have been a practicing optometrist for over 30 years. I follow all the laws I know of. I have not turned over any info to the government, nor have I been asked (required) to do so.

    It is true that there will be statistical analyses. It is also true that any information available can be abused. And it is also true that the government is only one group of people who can abuse your information.

    Right now, this information is staying within doctors’ offices. But I cannot wait for the day when I can see patient records from other doctors’ offices. You can’t imagine the number of people who have no idea the names of the meds they take. How can I ensure that I’m not putting them at risk by adding another needed medication if I can’t be aware of potential drug interactions? I can request info from other docs, but this does not guarantee when the info will arrive, assuming it ever will. And electronic records eliminate handwriting issues as well.

    Of course laws will be broken. That’s why we have them, and we have penalties for breaking them. The more knowledge, the more responsibility. Security will always be an issue, and it is our responsibility as citizens to be diligent.

    Also, keep in mind that although I have to ask sensitive questions, patients are not required to answer, and if their answers are sensitive enough, I am not required to record them. (In that case, I advise the patient of this, and recommend the patient enter into similar arrangements with their other docs.)

  5. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 9 months ago

    @PAJ

    “But it is supposedly including more than just healthcare info…”

    The key word here is “supposedly”. At the present time, almost everything I am required to ask about is health care related. The rest is stuff that seems unrelated to anything at all. (Example: were you the first born in your family; if not, what is your birth order?) And, as mentioned in another post of mine, the patient does not have to answer.

    And, no, there are no requirements for me to ask how many guns you have.

  6. Stipple

    Stipple said, 9 months ago

    @I Play One On TV

    I take a plethora of medications from many sources. I do not always remember their names, much less the dosage levels
    .
    Consolidating medical information would be a godsend.
    .
    I was born third.

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 9 months ago

    @onguard

    Speaking for myself, I do not trust corporations to safeguard my personally identifiable information, especially medical information. I trust the government – our government – more than for-profit health insurance companies.

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, 9 months ago

    @onguard

    “Anyone’s total data may reside fragmented and dispersed in many files and locations…….In Obama Care it is in Total, Complete and nicely packaged ready for misuse.”
    It’s already like that. Obamacare will not make a difference. That’s just a right wing red herring. Every bank you deal with, every employer you’ve had, every company or institution you give your SS# to, has access to all of your information now. Don’t believe the hype that Obamacare is the first.

  9. Kylop

    Kylop said, 9 months ago

    “Wanna know what website your husband’s on right now?”

    “Sure”

    “GoComics…..the editorial cartoons section”

    WHAT?!?!?!? WHY THAT NO GOOD, STINKING, AWFUL … I WANT A DIVORCE


    We all see it coming don’t we?

  10. Sharuniboy

    Sharuniboy GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @I Play One on TV,
    Now, I am somewhat confused. In Colorado, an “Optometrist” – as is true with Chiropractic, Naturopathic, etc., – cannot, and does not, prescribe drugs. He/she (Optometrist) can use certain chemicals to “dilate” the eye; but for anything other than use in the office, during refraction, the prescription must come from an MD, or DO, licensed to practice Medicine. Does you State, then, permit NON-Medical personnel to prescribe?


    During my own nearly 50 years of “Lay Practice” (Analytical Psychology) – I did have a PDR available to me, yearly; but, access to Medical Records was – still is – completely at the discretion of the Medical Practitioner. If someone could tell me what his meds were, I could figure out much about the problems; but, if the client and his Medical Doctor would not open up . . . ? (Of course, the door in, also led out; and that’s that.)


    The “confidentiality” of “records” in general comes nowhere even close to the ridiculous levels of “Classification” being argued about on another thread. And, if it manages to help save a single life, in emergency situation, that is far more important, in my estimation, than “privacy”, as it is now seen to be “valued”. Also, being able to move “records” from one practitioner to another, smoothly, and without a lot of tiresome intervening paperwork – such as multiple “releases”, etc., etc., is far more contributory to HEALTH CARE than all the b.s. about “privacy” – and/or the “lack thereof” in Obamacare ever could be.


    But of course, those for whom the word “Obama” is like the proverbial “red flag before the bull” will respond – with loads of b.s. – as does the one in the ring. So. . . .

  11. Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab.

    Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab. GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @Kylop

    He’s been reading onguard ??

  12. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    A question for all the right-wingers…and be honest now!
    IF Romney had won, and the exact same news had come out about Prism, and the NSA, would you all be screaming about “Government Snooping”?
    OR, is all your anger ONLY because Obama is a Democrat?
    The whole program was created in 2007 by shrub Bush, which he stated quite clearly on the interview with CNN.

  13. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 9 months ago

    @Stipple

    Your pharmacy may be able to print a list of your meds for you. Good luck. Carry it with you to all doctor visits, and it may also protect you in an emergency if you cannot speak.

  14. Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab.

    Ruff, release Dr. C and Ahab. GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @Eryx

    No, no, PAJ is Howie, the Zit, the Pimple. For Ima, look for MStevenson58. You want the long list ??

  15. Tigger

    Tigger GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @masterskrain

    I am a Moderate, Yes I would be angry

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