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Ethically Speaking – Should I Care What My Doctor Thinks about Me?

Author Joshua Prager writing an article for CNN (July 1, 2013) entitled: Find out what your doctor really thinks about you, raises some interesting arguments. Mr. Prager, himself a patient who endured years of medical treatment, details his medical odyssey to learn more about his treatment and offers several insights.

Medical RecordsMost Americans, indeed a whopping 99 percent of us, don’t realize that we have the right to read our medical treatment files. This right was guaranteed in 1996 with the passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. According to the article, in 2010 researchers at Harvard Medical School advised 20,000 patients of the right to read their files and of those who took advantage of the opportunity, 81 percent felt more in control of their wellness and 69 percent became better at taking their medications.

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