NZ: Insurers risking breaking privacy law, says privacy commissioner
Amiri Halberg reports:
A report by the privacy commissioner released today says that insurers, by asking full patient notes, have been risking breaking privacy law.
Investigations held by Marie Shroff have discovered that insurers have been crossing limits in requesting full medical notes going back a number of years, when insuring people or paying out on a claim.
It should be noted that at the request of NZMA – which was worried about the wide nature of medical information being requested, and whether patients realized they were consenting to their entire medical records being released – that the investigation in the matter was initiated in November 2007.
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