Thursday, May 12, 2005
Judge Posner weighs in on medical privacy and specifically electronic medical records. He appears concerned that people will use privacy rights as a means to deny important information to insurance companies. He states,
Medical records are a case in point. People conceal their medical conditions (sometimes as a means of concealing behaviors that have led to medical conditions), in order to obtain insurance at favorable rates, obtain and retain jobs, obtain spouses, becomes President (in the case of John F. Kennedy, who concealed his long array of serious illnesses), and so forth. These concealments can impose significant costs on the other parties to the transactions.
It is an interesting read. [bm]