Revealed: insurers snoop on sensitive medical records

Insurance companies are routinely accessing sensitive medical data without patients' knowledge, doctors say.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
1st June, 2014

Insurance companies are routinely accessing sensitive medical data without patients’ knowledge, doctors say.

Information sought by insurers include patients’ mental health, drinking habits and sexual histories and may breach data protection rules.

Doctors said this was a “major public health issue” as it may deter patients from disclosing some information, or from taking certain tests, such as for HIV, for fear it will all end up being read by an insurance company....

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