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Whether you are at the doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic awaiting treatment for you or your loved one, how many of you read the fine print on those multi-page legal notices pertaining to privacy practices? I suspect not many, yet you sign them anyway, especially when you are at your most vulnerable. But, have you read them recently?

A caller to The Hagmann & Hagmann Radio Report said that she took her daughter to a medical facility for treatment of an illness on December 4, 2012. Among the forms she was handed was a two-page privacy notice that she was given pursuant to state and federal law. Upon arriving back home and after things settled down, she decided to review the paperwork she received from the medical facility - despite not having a magnifying glass that would have helped get through the tiny, 8 point font.

Buried in the middle of page two of this finely typed legal notice oriented in landscape format, located between the subheadings of “military” and “inmates” is an interesting addition to at least one hospital’s privacy disclosure statement. Under the heading of “National Security,” the notice states that the treating medical facility may disclose your health information to federal officials “in order to protect the President, other officials or foreign heads of state.”

Please stop here and carefully consider that statement. It is critical to point out that this statement is an addition to the typical national security warning seemingly ubiquitous in post 9-11 disclosure statements in America.  It specifically identifies the President [of the United States], other officials or foreign heads of state. Again, please contemplate the meaning of these words, their intent and the context in which they are written.

 

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h/t MadJack

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  1. LC Aggie Sith

    December 8th, 2012

    Interesting…

    Doctors and nurses are now required to ask if you wear your seat belt, and among other things, if you own a firearm. Regardless if you are there to get a flu shot, they have to ask.

    Just one more way for the federal gov’t to know who their enemies are.

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  2. Tracy

    December 8th, 2012

    COMRADE:
    2012 is so 1984…Or Maybe Just Another Sputnik Moment.

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  3. Edith McCrotch

    December 8th, 2012

    Hey y’all remember this ?

    Unknown Lotto Winner Caught on Surveillance Camera The Moment He Realized He Won
    http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=158904

    So now there’s this….

    Arizona Lottery says winner claims half of $588M prize

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/07/arizona-lottery-says-winner-claims-half-588m-prize/?test=latestnews#ixzz2ETbUGgyd

    and now this….

    Mystery Of Apparent Powerball Winner Seen In Upper Marlboro, Md., Convenience Store Solved

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/232699/158/Mystery-Of-Apparent-Powerball-Winner-Seen-In-Upper-Marlboro-Md-Convenience-Store-Solved

    Looks like me and Stranded in Sonoma were close enough to get how people do really think (well maybe at least in this instance)

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  4. Debbie

    December 8th, 2012

    My FIL was recently asked by the nurse if he owned a gun, and he told them it was none of their damned business. Last time I was there, I was asked if I was abused or felt threatened by anyone in my home.

    WTF.

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  5. historicus

    December 8th, 2012

    What disease could they be protecting a president who takes a hard one up his ass from Reggie?

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  6. Carlos The Jackal

    December 8th, 2012

    Doc/patient confidentiality?
    If only doctors stood on the priciples of their hippocratic oath the way Hobby Lobby stand on their principles.

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  7. Dadof3

    December 8th, 2012

    Just say no. Not really that hard.

    It was once hailed as admirable to practice Civil Dis-obedience against bad laws.

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  8. Dadof3

    December 8th, 2012

    I never thought it would become literal to say the feds were up your butt.

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  9. Dadof3

    December 8th, 2012

    This would be an end run around the fact there is no gun registration in most of the country.

    First, make a list of who and where. They are attempting that with this.

    Then…

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  10. Ten Megaton

    December 8th, 2012

    They can ask whatever they want. I have learned to lie by example these last four years.

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  11. Jethro

    December 8th, 2012

    They are taking an inventory to determine how big to make the “re-education” camps, or the ditches….

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  12. Xavier

    December 8th, 2012

    So I shouldn’t have answered, “Enough to take over a small third world country”?

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