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Commentary: Paranoia over Privacy

Sylvia R. Cruess, MD; and Richard L. Cruess, MD
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From McGill University, Montréal, Québec H3A 1A3, Canada.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(3):229-230. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-145-3-200608010-00013
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Dr. Neubauer highlights some of the more disturbing aspects of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which can prevent health care professionals from meeting patients' legitimate needs. How should physicians respond when faced with legally enforceable rules and regulations that contravene their professional obligations?

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