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Re: birthdate, etc.
This is in reference to the msg below.
The case of Ms. D. is one simple case of the cost to us all of the
predation of the medical records industry. Their endless chant
about the cost of doing the right thing (meaning largely the cost to
them) is meant to lull us into ignoring the costs of lost dignity
What does it cost Ms. D to go through this? What does it cost
millions of us who go through similar events, over & over & over?
However indignant, the question is a serious one. The inability to
quantify a cost does not make it unreal. It just means your terms
of measurement are inadequate.
We couldn't afford to give up slavery-by-race, we couldn't afford to
give up Jim Crow, we couldn't afford to give up child labor, we
couldn't afford to give up unequal pay for women, we couldn't afford
to give up wholesale environmental degradation. In each case
experts told us we would pay dearly, and besides, it's a fait
accompli, think what it would mean to change it.
And now we cannot afford to give up whatever it is that some special
interest hires a lobbyist to tell Senators we cannot afford. No
pattern here! Nothing self-serving whatsoever. We're from the
medical-records industry, and we're here to help you, because we
have your best interests in our totally altruistic hearts. Ah, by
the way, please ignore all savings from ceasing to do things the
wrong way (we did). Please ignore all issues of constitutionality,
human dignity, the liberty due Americans, and quality of life (we
did). Remember who contributes to whom, here. Never forget that
medical privacy is a myth, because we grabbed it years ago while no
one was looking. It's ours now, and we don't want to hear this
Ms. Dellarocco was right, and this is the forum to say so. One of
may forums to say so.
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Date: Sat, 27 Jan 1996 21:38:58 -0500 (EST)
From: Ann Dellarocco <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: birthdate, etc.
I would like to thank everyone for their replies, the good and
the obnoxious one by the guy who hides behind a # instead of a
name in the signature line, and I am sorry if this is inappropriate
for this list, IN YOUR OPINION.
However, I have read recently there are already 138 databanks
on the Net which have information for everything you can imagine.
Since this is a medical privacy issue, and I have lots of
I detest the fact that anyone can go into a computer and look
at my medical history. Some of my illnesses/disabilities are
hidden, which would give me at least a "fighting chance" someday
to get a job--BUT NOT ANYMORE. My goose is cooked so to speak
with the computer banks.
And on other issues, such as credit banks (no one will be able
to purchase a home or get a mortgage); the list can go on and
So if you want to give your birthdates, then do so. If someone
accosted you, you would probably whimper and give in to them
too. I choose to NOT give in, but to fight first, based on
Why do they make laws such as "You are not allowed to ask someone's
age," and then make others (verbally) and threaten me that I
cannot get a prescription filled. I believe this is the right
list to post this concern to.
Thank all the rest of you who contributed thoughtful insights.
They will be considered.
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