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Resource ID: #18431
Subject: Privacy
Source: Riverfront Times (St. Louis)
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Date: Jan. 14-20

Description

Riverfront Times reports on alleged infringement of human rights, which results from the self-insured employers' right to examine their employees' medical records. The story reveals that by law insurance companies have no reasons to deny releasing medical records databases to employers. Employees are forced to sign blanket authorizations for "administrative purposes," but the real motive of their employers is to cut expenditures by getting rid of the most "costly" - in terms of medical expenses - employees. A law professor, quoted in the story, puts it this way: "Someone has legal access to something, but they are not allowed to use it against you, so they say they didn't use it against you. How do you prove they did?"

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