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Monday, May 19, 2014

DR. KING: RELEASE OF CANDIDATE'S MEDICAL RECORDS IS "OUT OF BOUNDS"

The Texas Tribune reached out to TMA for our take on the public release of the medical records of a candidate in the race for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. In his essay for the Tribune, TMA President Austin King, MD, writes: “A patient's medical record is a window into the sacred patient-physician relationship. It documents what the patient said, in trust that it would be kept confidential. Only doctors, other health care professionals, patents and their families ― and, unfortunately, those who pay for care ― have the legal and ethical right to look through that window. As much as any of us might be interested in the health care travails of an entertainer, politician, or business mogul, their right to privacy trumps our voyeuristic desires. … Texas politics is a contact sport, but releasing a candidate's personal medical records is out of bounds.”

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