Friday, September 20, 2013

Sex..Drugs...and Obamacare

‘Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” Be ready to answer those questions and more the next time you go to the doctor, whether it’s the dermatologist or the cardiologist and no matter if the questions are unrelated to why you’re seeking medical help. And you can thank the Obama health law. 
“This is nasty business,” says New York cardiologist Dr. Adam Budzikowski. He called the sex questions “insensitive, stupid and very intrusive.” He couldn’t think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information — but he knows he’ll be pushed to ask for it.
The president’s “reforms” aim to turn doctors into government agents, pressuring them financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential. 
Embarrassing though it may be, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. But this is entirely different. 
Doctors and hospitals who don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic-health-records requirements forgo incentive payments now; starting in 2015, they’ll face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion for these incentives.
Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and associate professor at Albert Einstein Medical College, explains that your medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the new requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”
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BOSMAN said...

If this doesn't make you angry and enraged, you must be brain dead.

There seems to be NOTHING that Big Brother doesn't want to know about you. NOTHING that's to small and insignificant to be stored in the Obamacare Central Data Center....RIPE for hacking.....Your life on a Government Hard Drive.

GotMullet said...

If you are unmarried and celibate, you be scrutinized, and probably required to attend counseling and how-to-do-it courses. If you're married and conventional, you have one set of benefits, however, if you're gay or bisexual, you'll probably get discounted rates.