Patient Says Doctor Let Newspaper Peep on Medical Marijuana Exam

Tish Kraft reports:

A patient claims her doctor allowed a newspaper reporter to surreptitiously videotape her while she discussed with the doctor the medical use of marijuana for chronic pain. The patient claims Dr. Cristal Speller and Natural Care for Wellness violated medical privacy and wiretapping laws, and that publication of the story in the Redding Record Searchlight, along with a Web link to video and audio tape, caused her “great embarrassment, obloquy, shame and ridicule.”

Tawnya McKee sued the doctor and the Redding-based clinic, but not the newspaper, in Shasta County Court.

McKee says she did not give permission for the doctor to violate her privacy during the Sept. 11, 2009 consultation and examination.

She claims Dr. Speller was medically negligent, violated the California Constitution’s right to privacy, violated HIPAA rules, and violated electronic eavesdropping provisions of California Penal Code, for which she requests treble damages.

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