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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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5 comments:

  • Jien Kaur posted at 3:01 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 138

    But the life insurance company love to know. Also the motor vehicles and police department love to have you habits in they files. You be most careful the Mr Ed Walters to share much information.

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 12:09 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 519

    Well said Barrow: Before I see my doctor a nurse will take my vitals, such as my BP, temp, mostly to see if there has been a large change and pass that info on to my doctor. The meds I take along with my medical history will be found on my own personal disc, as it takes several steeps in order to open my medical history, and can only opened by my doctor using his pass word. Worth while, of course and I have no complaints. All the doctor knows is what you tell him/her, and can go on from there seeking the best course of treatment. I rather doubt the CIA, or NSA or anyone in Langley, Va. is interested in my Blood Pressure.

     
  • Jien Kaur posted at 11:28 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 138

    From my training I learn that in United States there has been the 'managed care' that the Mr Kern describe to help all doctors know and help patients live good and healthy life. May be the Mr Kern not go to doctor in long time so not know of this?

     
  • Todd Cronin posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Todd Posts: 113

    " I read the book by George Orwell, “1984,”

    And "there" it is kids....
    Enough said![wink]

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:00 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1513

    Floy if you are on Medicaid or Medicare I'm sure the government already knows what doctors you see and what meds you take they are after all paying for them.

     

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