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Medical Ethics/Right to keep information out of the record


Dr. Friedman,
Insurance companies penalized or even might deny coverage based on people records. Example of that is if you want to buy or renew a Life insurance policy, they check your medical records to establish eligibility and cost of the policy. This make people to refrain from volunteering information that may come back to hunt them down. In order to avoid that can one ask their Doctor not to write down certain information on the records that could be important for the treatment but could be use against you when renewing or buying a new life insurance policy?


This is a very good question.  It is unethical for a physician to fail to put in material information for continuity of care or to misdiagnose to allow for insurance coverage.  The physician or subsequent provider needs accurate information to allow the patient to receive proper medical care in the future.  

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.

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Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.


In addition to my law degree, I have a master's degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy involving comparative medical, legal and business ethics. I am an adjunct professor at a medical school teaching ethics to healthcare professionals and graduate students.

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I have been a civil trial attorney since 1989 with a masters degree in bioethics and a doctorate of philosophy involving comparative ethics.

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Bachelor of Arts 1985
Juris Doctorate 1989
Master of Arts in Bioethics 2004
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