Progressives in the United States love the health care model of the United Kingdom. They love it so much they turn the other way when news comes out about long waiting lists and patients being starved to death. Then again, maybe they’re paying full attention, and think of those things as features, rather than bugs. Here’s one more they’ll probably favor for us in the United States – having our doctors turn our personal information over to the government.
GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses.
The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’.
They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.
The data includes weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, pulse rate, family health history, alcohol consumption and smoking status.
Diagnosis of everything from cancer to heart disease to mental illness would be covered. Family doctors will have to pass on dates of birth, postcodes and NHS numbers.
You may as well take the time to read the whole thing, seeing that this is our future.
I suppose you might want to start lying to your doctor, at least about those things you can still lie about. It’s hard to hide your cholesterol levels and weight. But you should really think about the things you tell your doctor. The Obama administration is already allowing insurance companies to gouge smokers, maybe you’re next and you just don’t know it. Remember, Obamacare also includes provisions for putting medical records online. Why do you think that is? Do you really believe it’s for your benefit?