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Old 12-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by 217Bimmer View Post
actually, i'm wondering if she even did anything wrong. whenever there is an accident in the paper they always release the condition of those involved, so i assume a newspaper or anyone can call a hospital and inquire about the condition of any patient.
No. Patient confidentiality requires details of their medical condition be kept private.

If you notice those articles, the patients are often not identified when their condition is stated, or its put in the most generic terms. "Three people were treated and released, one is in critical condition."

Your medical state is no one's business but your own. In the case of public figures, it's often a dance between how much info their spokespeople release (or authorize the hospital to release) vs how much they keep private.
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