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Londongirl
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I sent the following a an e-mail on 5/6/04 but never recevied a reply:

"Doctors keep everything that you tell them confidental. If they dont, they could get fired. "

I was concerned about this statement by the advocate Glitter in this thread: http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/Forum2/HTML/005391.html, as it is my understanding that there are ways that parents can find out - eg access to med records of minors, insurance statements. If I understand the US system correctly Glitter's post is misleading for minors in my opinion.

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glitter695
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I also mentioned in that post, UNLESS your health is seriously in danger your doctor does have to keep everything that you tell him/her confidential. BUT, maybe, I should have phrased it differently.

It depends on the circumstances of the problem. But, the moral issue (ethics) of the patient is 16 (or 18) years or older is to keep your records confidential.

Confidentiality is very improtant to the medical field and the field of law. Penalties can range from suspension or termination depending on how severe the circumstance.

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Let me try and clarify this one.

Actual doctor confidentiality and parents looking at an insurance statement are very different things.

Understand that for starters, in the US, many youth don't get sexual healthcare via their parents insurance, but instead through private clinic systems.

And no, if a parent were to call doctors or clinics, unless a doctor believed that parents need to be apprised of a serious health or safety issue, it would be unethical -- though not always illegal -- for a doctor to report to a parent. Some situations, such as being under the age of consent, can inluence that. That's not necessarily simply 16 or 18.

But yes, if a doctor wasn't respecting pateinet confidentiality overall, a given clinic or practice would likely not keep he or she on.


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