"Wired Act" Threatens Patient Care and Privacy - U.S. Senate Could Vote Today

U.S. Senate Could Vote Today

Minneapolis/Saint Paul - Americans should contact their U.S. Senators to oppose S.1693, the "Wired for Health Care Quality" Act, according to Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC). A vote is expected today in the U.S. Senate.

 

"Under the guise of 'quality,' patient data will be used to tie the hands of doctors," warns Twila Brase, president of CCHC. "The American public needs to understand that the goal of this legislation is not better patient care. The goal is government control over all patient care."

According to CCHC, S.1693 will implement a national online health data system for the purpose of:

  • centralizing medical decision-making.
  • tracking patients and doctors electronically.
  • imposing "pay-for-performance" penalties on doctors who fail to comply with government-prescribed treatment directives.

 

Among other things, the "Wired for Health Care Quality" Act authorizes the following:

  • a public-private "Partnership for Health Care Improvement."
  • nationwide interoperable health information technology infrastructure.
  • a national system for health care performance measurement.

 

"The Wired Act contains no informed written patient consent requirements, Brase says. "There will be no patient control over access, sharing, and use of private medical data, including by the government."

"We think patients and doctors, indeed, every citizen, should call on Congress to oppose S.1693," she adds.

Twila Brase is president of Citizens' Council on Health Care. She can be reached at 651-646-8935.

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