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Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Dueling Medical Privacy Horror Stories

Published in: Academic Physician and Scientist, May/June 2001, p. 2-3

Posted on rand.org Jan 1, 2001

by Harold Alan Pincus

There is increasing concern over the issue of privacy of patient records. This article discusses the government's role and basic safeguarding principles, including clear, uniform, national rules for protection of the confidentiality of healthcare information and stiff penalties for violaters.

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