‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”
Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law.
“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.
The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.
Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But this is entirely different.
Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.
Remember when I told you on the show–actually I’ve told you this story several times–about my conversation with a nurse who poo-poohed my concerns about medical privacy. Your private medical records exposed to the wrong people? That could never happen! Oh, that would be against the HIPAA law!
Betsy’s piece also has a couple of other interesting tidbits; specifically, (1) that, thanks to the NRA, your doctor can’t ask you about gun ownership and (2) that in January, Nurse Rachet, HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius recommended that if you want to avoid these privacy risks, you should–wait for it–pay cash for your health care. Wait–you are required to have health insurance, and now they’re telling you to pay cash?
That makes as much sense as anything else in this train wreck.
Of course, just because your doctor can be fined for not asking you intrusive and unnecessary questions, that doesn’t mean you have to answer them, so don’t.
Doesn’t this latest shoe to drop make you wonder what happened to the liberals’ precious “right of privacy,” the hook on which they hung the “right to choose” to kill an unborn child?