Is it legal or ethical for a medical doctor to solicit employment from a patient. Im a nurse (working for a privately owned company) and was asked by my MD for my company's owners name and phone number. I gave it to him but I don't want him to discuss with my employer how he got this number as I fear he may disclose my medical information with her (as I am currently fighting my employer for a workman's compensation case). Tackiness and HIPPA aside, he answered a phone call during my visit discussing another patient (not an emergency from his end of the discussion) then proceeded to discuss her status with me (no names were mentioned) Thanks.
Your physician seems to operate a bit more informally than you are comfortable with, and that may be a factor in your decision whether to change doctors. But nothing that you described in this post constitutes a legal or ethical breach.
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It's "HIPAA," not HIPPA, and it's one of the most widely held misconceptions that a HIPAA violation gives someone a private right of action. It doesn't, it just gives someone the right to complaint with the DHHS.
Your employers's name and number is public information, so no one need ask your doctor how they got it. He didn't "solicit employment" from you, since you're not able to hire him.
There's no reason to think your doctor will discuss your private medical information with anyone.
He didn't discuss anyone's information with you either.
Since you're a nurse, you should read up on HIPAA so you know the law oin it.
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