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Even besides the issues with family knowing your medical history, they are nothing compared with some of the potential complications with full disclosure of illness between patients and doctors. For example, there are some illnesses which a doctor is not allowed to tell the patient they have because of the very real danger of that patient committing suicide.
Should we be embarrassed about our weaknesses?
Is a mental disability more or less prejudiced against than a physical one?
Is a mental one worse because it is more easily disguised than a physical one?
Is not a mental one worse because we can deny it and hide from it?
What illnesses are these? And when you say the doctor is not allowed to tell the patient, what is it that prevents him? Thank you.
In the natural world any sign of weakness is an open invitation to predators. It would be nice if humans were removed from that, but it just isn't so. We deserve the personal right to decide for ourselves who we trust with our infirmities.
For example, there are some illnesses which a doctor is not allowed to tell the patient they have because of the very real danger of that patient committing suicide.
I think another issue (which probably many of you have experienced as well) is that the patient should at least have definite ownership over their own medical records and all pertaining media (like x-rays, etc). For example, in some cases (not all of them of course) suppose you had x-rays done at one office, and then went to another doctor who was then told that the other doctor would not release those x-rays because of the change in business. In my case, this was for a chiropractor though, so the x-rays were not vital, but still, it's a pain (and dangerous) to do things like x-rays more than you have to. But seriously, you pay for it, it's an x-ray of your body, etc. Where is the line of ownership?
Another issue I was just thinking of too is the restricted rights doctors have towards releasing information to you. For example, suppose you go to the doctor with the express intention of discussing x, and then you bring up another topic relating to y. Technically, the doctor is not allowed to discuss y with you, not because they do not want to, but because the insurance company will not let them discuss it. You would have to make a separate appointment. Now that there is health care "reform," maybe that will change.
What if I invented an infinite supply of medicine-medicine that keeps people alive forever. Would the documents be a problem then?
I wouldn't want any of my medicine. That would be cheating.
What if the deformity is a suicidal tendancy, should it not be better known someone is sensitive?
Or is there such a thing as to much medicine?
Paying the devil not to harm you.
You cant insure the trustless.
i would like to be able to access my own medical records for sure, and i havent been able to in the past, and sometimes had to pay a lot of money for copies. besides medical records there are all kinds of information that is available to the government and the public which i am not in favor of. for instance, the house where i lived there is a record easily available on the web that shows the names of sellers and buyers or on the deed etc. police records are also easily accessible on the web. i dont like that.