I've never been happy with my family doctor, as a teenager I didn't have much choice in the matter (I'm 27 now). I have ADD and suffer from chronic depression - both of which I brought to the attention of the doctor on multiple occasions. On each occasion the doctor would preach to me on how I needed god, to spend time in church, etc. My parents are Christians and he assumed I was one as well. He never treated me for my ADD nor depression, telling me I needed God not medications. After much pain and suffering , I stopped going to him and sought help elsewhere.
In 2013 I was hiking and contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The only available doctor was the same one mentioned above. The pain was crippling and I asked for something to help the pain. The next day I was confronted by my parents. The doctor had told my father he was concerned I was a drug addict because I was asking for pain medication. This sent me into further depression, I stopped seeking medical treatment and my condition got worse. I am currently still fighting for my life.
This doctor broke patient confidentiality and ignored medical conditions. He put his own personal beliefs above my health.
You must have a choice in doctors now. Find one who will address your medical needs instead of pushing their religion on you.
Then you can contact the Freedom From Religion Foundation is WI who won't like this one bit.
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Legal options: None, unfortunately other than to file a complaint with Dept. of Health & Human Services. (http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/filing-a-complaint/index.html) Although it appears to be a clear violation of HIPAA, there is no private right to a lawsuit for a HIPAA violation. And from what you alleged, it would be very difficult to establish an exacerbation of or distinguishable damages associated with your depression as a result of what the doctor did.
Personal rights: You can find another doctor as your financial situation permits.
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