The Obama administration has made much – very much indeed – about the supposed savings in health care costs by putting medical records online. Where no laws cover the privacy of those records, one adds. It turns out that insurance companies are already using some online information against those applying for insurance.
Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You’ll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for anti-psychotic or sleep problems? Forget about it.
This confidential information on some insurers’ practices is available on the Web — if you know where to look.
What’s more, you can discover that if you lie to an insurer about your medical history and drug use, you will be rejected because data-mining companies sell information to insurers about your health, including detailed usage of prescription drugs. (Emphasis added)
These issues are moving to the forefront as the Obama administration and Congress gear up for discussions about how to reform the healthcare system so that Americans won’t be rejected for insurance.
So, how much do you think will be saved by putting all of your most intimate health details online? If this is going on in the private sector, how much worse will it be when government decides for you who gets treatment?
The quest for “free” health care will end up being very, very expensive.
To our liberty.