“If at some point you determine that it is necessary to visit a hospital or emergency health care provider, laboratory, or even your own doctor (except in the case of a VA provider), then, having conceded the necessity to have something unusual checked out, notwithstanding your staunch and well-founded belief that you will come away without any new information or help anyway, at least come away without surrendering your SSN to the prevaricating interrogators, no matter how heartfully and authoritatively they invoke federal mandates. You don’t have to. At least, not yet. Of course, the charitable presumption is that these professionals are well-intentioned and misinformed, and not merely lying; but we all know that sometimes weak ground is signed by strong insistence.”
I suppose that from this standpoint, and on this point alone, I could rate my recent ER excursion a victorious success.
Here’s another quotable axiom:
“Under the New Health Care, ‘privacy’ means everyone and their corporate affiliates gets to know what’s in your medical file except you.”
But you knew that. And this particular hill has yet to be taken.