Disclosure of Physician Information

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                                                            Disclosure of Physician Information                              HCA305 The U.S health care System                                     Instructor  Audra Gardner Heather Lisowski 04/11/2011
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Disclosure of Physician Information      The issue presented is that of physician's information.   Physician's private  information is being made available for health care consumers to view at their  leisure.   It is allowing consumers to make the decision to either see the  physician or not based on his or her past and present records.   I feel that its  private information but if the physician's records aren't viable, we as a consumer  need to be aware as to why. Physicians, more than any other professional ,including priest, minister,  attorney, and engineer, will have a profound impact on our health, perhaps the  most important sector of our lives and the lives of our family (Greenwood, 2000).    This desire for information continues not only in relation to physicians, but for  other professionals as well. Witness the growing number of these databases,  many of which go so far as to allow the “profiling” of an individual’s performance.  Indeed, this profiling may represent the epitome of the ability of consumers to  obtain information about others. However, as Justice Stevens pointed out,  disclosure of this information may result in harm. If it is true that, by having this  information, consumers may directly or indirectly “manipulate the threads,” then 
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to what result? Will these professionals move in the ways that the consumers  intend (Greenwood, 2000)?   Perhaps the best way to gain some insight into  answering questions such as these, to consider the Massachusetts Physician  Profiling Data Base. Some states have followed closely Massachusetts’ example; 
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