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Letter: Medical pamphlet is misleading and intrusive

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Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:47 pm

On July 24, when I left my primary physician’s office, I was handed this leaflet and asked if I wanted to make an appointment for my annual wellness physical. I was stunned, and even more so when I read the leaflet.

Apparently we are now supposed to: “(1) get an annual physical from our primary physician, (2) list all of our physicians, all medications they prescribed for any condition, (3) provide a measurement of our height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure and other routine measurements as deemed appropriate, based on the beneficiary’s medical and family history ...”

Said leaflet also states the “provision of personalized health advice to the beneficiary and a referral, as appropriate, to health education or preventive counseling services or programs aimed at reducing identified risk factors and improving self-management or community-based lifestyle interventions to reduce health risks, and promote self-management and wellness.” In other words, they want to tell you what to eat, drink, exercise, etc., and all personal choices in your life.

This leaflet is purportedly from the Social Security Administration, although it doesn’t say that outright. It is aimed at people who receive Medicare or Medicaid services, and is written to sound as if it is a requirement of the Social Security Administration. If you have received this pamphlet from your physician, read it thoroughly and don’t buy into it!

If this pamphlet is, in fact, from the government, I will not provide them with all my personal medical history and the medical history of my family. I read the book by George Orwell, “1984,” and this is indeed too much interference in my personal privacy rights. If it is not from the government, although it is written as such, then it really is some sort of scam.

Floy Kern

Lodi

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