Stimulus Bill Promises to Ration Medical Treatment and Call it "Effective Care."

HIPAA's "no privacy" rule combined with the proposed national online health data system and $1.1 Billion in "comparative effectiveness" research poses a serious threat to patients

Minneapolis/Saint Paul – The economic stimulus bill passed by the U.S. Senate today will threaten the lives, security and privacy of American citizens, says Citizens' Council on Health Care (CCHC).

"Government officials want to define "effective" care and make sure patients don't get anything else. If a patient wants or needs care that is not government certified as "effective," it will not likely be available. This will be the end of individualized patient care and the beginning of government-endorsed health care rationing based on politics and the agendas of special interests," she adds.

According to CCHC, the economic stimulus bill mandates electronic medical records for all, sets up a national online health data system, mandates $1.1 billion in "comparative effectiveness" research, and establishes a new federal agency to conduct and support "comparative effectiveness" research called the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.

"Comparative effectiveness research in combination with the electronic medical record mandate will essentially make every patient an unwilling subject for government research. No consent will be required because HIPAA does not require consent. The so-called HIPAA privacy rule protects no one's privacy. We call HIPAA the "no privacy" rule," explains Brase. "No consent. No privacy. No escape from peering eyes and political agendas."

"To protect the human, patient, and privacy rights of all Americans, the final stimulus bill must include an informed consent requirement before patient medical records can be placed into a national health data system or used for any research, including comparative effectiveness research," says Brase.

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