What's New: 2000
- December 22, 2000
Releases Its "Spin" on Medical Privacy Rule -
The final national medical privacy rule deserves serious
analysis and responsible, independent investigation
by as many people and organizations as possible.
- December 8, 2000
Medicare Myths: How a New Prescription Drug Program
Could Affect American Taxpayers and Seniors -
Do Americans want to create a safety net for the poor,
or a federal program that rations prescription drugs
for all American seniors?
- November 16, 2000
WHO Bid To Regulate Health Sites - WHO decides
what the "right" health information is? Link to international
news article regarding regulation of web sites.
- November 1, 2000
Records: For Your Eyes Only? - An illustration.
- October 26, 2000
Holds Press Conference to Release Gallup Survey on
Medical Privacy - "Medical research--in any shape
or form--is not so lofty an activity that it can afford
to disrespect the rights of patients," says Twila
- September 26, 2000
- September 19, 2000
Gallup Survey on Medical Privacy for Release September
26 - "...we wanted to find out how the general
public views the issue [Medical Privacy]."
- September 6, 2000
Vehicle Administration Has Your Social Security Number
. . .and With It, a Whole Lot More - All citizens
should be concerned about the proliferating government
efforts to obtain their Social Security Numbers (SSNs)
without appropriate justification.
- August 11, 2000
Congress Temporarily Halts Funding of Unique Health
Identifier: Will President Clinton Sign It into Law?
- Once the temporary moratorium on the Unique
Health Identifier expires, Americans sooner or later
will likely be assigned a tracking number to monitor
their medical records electronically.
- July 11, 2000
Reforming Medicare or Shifting Costs? - Was the
Medicare hospital program truly reformed or were accounting
gimmicks used to "save" the program?
- June 14, 2000
Congress Holds Hearing on Repealing Unique Health
Identifier and Limiting Use of Social Security Numbers
- Imagine the potential for abuse if an unscrupulous
government official is able to access one's complete
medical, credit, and employment history by simply
typing the citizen's 'uniform identifier' into a database.
- June 5, 2000
Conference on Children's Health Care Should Address
Parents' Rights - Several federal programs have
undoubtedly had an impact on Ritalin use in children.
- May 2, 2000
White House Announces Commission on Complementary
and Alternative Medicine Policy - We don't limit
Americans' religious freedom to government - approved
denominations. We shouldn't limit their health freedom
to government - approved medicine either.
- April 18, 2000
Americans Respond to Medical Privacy Regulations
- Over 52,000 Americans and organizations responded
to proposed medical privacy regulations.
- April 4, 2000
Who decides: The parents or the FDA?
- March 1, 2000
Risky Medicine for the Internet - The FDA exercises
strict censorship over everything manufacturers can
say about their products. If FDA doesn't approve it,
it is a crime to say it . . . We can only imagine
the new ways FDA will devise to limit online speech
and control e-commerce.
- February 17, 2000
IHF's Letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services,
Donna Shalala - Americans deserve to know the
truth about how the proposed federal medical privacy
regulations relate to the Unique Health Identifier
and whether the rule will limit or increase access
to individuals' personal medical information.
- February 11, 2000
Stop Big Brother From Prying Into Your Medical Records
- Here's a new and easy way to tell the federal
government how you feel about protecting the privacy
of your medical records.
- February 3, 2000
Happening with the "Unique Health Identifier" Plan?
- Isn't it ironic that some members of Congress
who today push "patients' rights" actually helped
pass the 1996 law that will allow the federal government
to tag and track each person's medical records electronically?
- February 3, 2000
Congress Holds Hearing on Medical Errors - More
people die in a given year as a result of medical
errors than from motor vehicle accidents.
- January 4, 2000
Experimental Vaccines Can Be Administered to Military
Without Consent - Not informing military personnel
of their involvement in experimental medical studies
is an infringement of their human rights.