Pri­vacy is a myth

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “Wel­lPoint to pay $1.7 mil­lion HIPAA penalty” (Mod­ern Health­, July 11), Wel­lPoint is just the tip of the ice­berg. Since all of our per­sonal phone mes­sages, e-mails and In­ter­net cor­re­spon­dence have been tapped into by the National Se­cu­rity Agency, why would we even be con­cerned about our med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion?

There is no longer any such thing even re­sem­bling pri­vacy or a per­sonal life. As an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, I do not need an­other re­al­ity check to know that our pri­vate lives are no longer pri­vate. So what is a lit­tle HIPAA leak? Hardly seems worth our while fill­ing out the forms!

Ann Quinlan Port­land, Maine

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