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Re: enough...

  Well said, Stanton. There's little or nothing to be gained from
  merely dancing around this.
  peter marshall
  On Thu, 8 Aug 1996, Stanton McCandlish wrote:
  > Date: Thu, 8 Aug 1996 20:16:43 -0400 (EDT)
  > From: Stanton McCandlish <mech@eff.org>
  > To: Multiple recipients of list <med-privacy@essential.org>
  > Subject: enough...
  > Enough argument about who does and doesn't own the medical records.
  > This has been going on, intermittently, for a long time now.
  > Let's just settle on it:
  > The legal fact of who owns the record, and or what it contains, is not a 
  > settled issue, except locally.  IF we agree that the patient should own 
  > this information, that the record *is* this information in a particular 
  > virtual "container" held by a particular party, and that said party must 
  > have some responsibility for protecting that container as long as it 
  > holds information on someone else, that's great.  
  > What do we DO about it?
  > Can't we move from an endless Usenet-like "discussion" and get to the 
  > point: tactics, strategy and action?
  > If we don't even agree on what a record is, on whether health care 
  > providers and other record-holders should be responsible for security, 
  > and/or on whether all is or isn't right with the system, what's the point of 
  > this list?  To what end are we burning time and energy here?
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