Medical Records: Enhancing Privacy, Preserving the Common Good
Hastings Center Report. 1999 Mar-Apr; 29(2): 14-23.
Personal medical information is now bought and sold on the open market. Companies use it to make hiring and firing decisions and to identify customers for new products. The justification for providing such access to medical information is that doing so benefits the public by securing public safety, controlling costs, and supporting medical research. And individuals have supposedly consented to it. But we can achieve the common goods while better protecting privacy by making institutional changes in the way information is maintained and protected.
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