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Patient privacy protection act.

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D.-N.Y.) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) recently introduced legislation to keep confidential medical records out of court. The legislation was introduced in response to attempts by U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to review the medical records of women who have had abortions as part of the government's effort to uphold the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. The new legislation (S. 2827/H.R. 5126) seeks to clarify that under federal rules of evidence, doctor-patient privilege protects a patient's confidential medical information in court. Under the bill, medical records would be released only in cases in which the court determines that the public interest significantly outweighs the patient's right to privacy. "The American people will not and should not accept a government that feels free to rifle through and publicize their most private medical information," Rep. Nadler said.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Author:Schneider, Mary Ellen
Publication:OB GYN News
Date:Nov 1, 2004
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