After a visit with my Doctor today, he contacted my husband to discuss me. I never signed anything giving permission to my Doctor to speak with my husband. I had already discussed things with my husband but that was not the point, should he have the right to do this. I am a legal adult, intelligent and able to manage my own healthcare. What, if any actions should I take.
You can report this violation of the federal laws protecting your privacy with regard to your medical information with the Office of Civil Rights of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. They will be obligated to investigate and they can sanction the doctor for any illegal behavior found. However, do note that the penalties associated with this go to the government, not to you.
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Get copies of all the paperwork you signed when you started seeing this doctor. Some will ask, "who is your emergency contact and also, can they discuss your care with your emergency contact. Make sure there are no ther releases that would give the, the right to talk to family members. Then you can follow my colleagues suggestion about reporting to HHS OCR.
My answer to your question is for informational purposes only and nothing contained herein is to create or imply an attorney client relationship. Also, my answer is based on South Carolina and Federal law only. In all cases involving legal matter, i always suggest that people consult a licensed attorney in their jurisdiction.
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