Abstract

HIPAA is often described as a privacy rule. It is not. In fact, HIPAA is a disclosure regulation, and it has effectively dismantled the longstanding moral and legal tradition of patient confidentiality. By permitting broad and easy dissemination of patients’ medical information, with no audit trails for most disclosures, it has undermined both medical ethics and the effectiveness of medical care.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1552-146X
Print ISSN
0093-0334
Pages
pp. 40-50
Launched on MUSE
2007-08-13
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2012
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