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The Health of an "Important Person": Should It be Revealed?
Yes, we all know about HIPAA
regulations with regard to the restriction of patient medical information but how far does any limitations of public dissemination go with regard to the health of an "important" person. Read this brief article in today's New York Times
regarding this very issue as it applies to Apple's Steve Jobs. What defines an "important person" (any business man who runs a public shares company? A well-known movie or sports star? A candidate for a public office or one who is already in public office? A scientist who is on the verge of discovery? A physician in active medical/surgical practice? An airline pilot? .. and so on), Who sets the limits of personal medical information which must be disclosed? Is there a Consitutional basis for this relaxation of personal privacy? Is there any ethical argument against it? ..Maurice.