conspirologist (conspirologist) wrote,

Protected ad absurdum

I just became aware that the Feds, in their all-knowing wisdom, have made certain moves to protect "patient privacy." Don't get me wrong - I'm all for protecting the privacy of my health care. It's just that I don't want a shitload of government interference in my life.

First, there's the four foot idiocy. Supposedly so people cannot (a) overhear a discussion, (b) read your prescription, you have to wait at least four feet from the counter before being called. Now, this last is justifiable, but not being able to overhear? As though my voice suddenly stops at 4 feet.

My favourite part is that we no longer sign in for dentist office and the like. Now, here's the thing: as far as I know, to get time off work to go to the dentist, I still have to tell my boss. So that bullshit doesn't work, and saying I don't have to tell my employer just opens up a whole new can of worms.

Nevermind if a billing error comes up. At least when I signed in, there was a record aside from the appointment log to point to. If my name didn't appear on the sheet, and they entered the wrong date (or even someone accidentally wrote the wrong patient's name for my work), I at least had something to point to.

I'm sorry, but I think that my privacy was well-protected before. Yes, some people know what meds I take - because I've chosen to discuss those with them. And nobody has ever remarked on my pills at the pharmacy, or (to my knowledge) tried to us my prescription for anything. Come on folks, give me a break.

And people wonder why I'm damn near an anarchist.
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