Medicare: An Invasion of Privacy

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Medicare: An Invasion of Privacy

The Annual Well­ness Visit, a pro­vi­sion of Oba­macare, is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant inva­sions of per­sonal pri­vacy you’ve prob­a­bly never heard of.

I didn’t know about AWV until strolled into my doctor’s office for my annual phys­i­cal and received a four-​page ques­tion­naire about my health. Some physi­cians decided not to offer the assess­ment because of the com­plex­ity of the require­ments, which includes 54 dif­fer­ent parts, but many doc­tors adapted to Medicare’s ver­sion of pre­ven­tive care and pro­vided these visits

Lit­tle did I know that the form would be sent to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for its perusal. Also, the form is for those on Medicare, which I do not use. But I had turned 65 since my last checkup, so the front desk gave me the form.

The form asks for an exten­sive per­sonal and fam­ily med­ical his­tory. Here are some of the other questions:

–Are you sex­u­ally active?
–Do you have more than one sex­ual part­ner?
–Do you use ille­gal drugs?
–Do you always fas­ten your seat belt?
– Is there any clut­ter in your walk­ing space at home?
–Do fam­ily mem­bers report that you have dif­fi­culty remem­ber­ing things?

Here’s a beaut:

–Draw a clock in the space below.
–Set the hands to show 11:10.

I won­der what will hap­pen when those who use dig­i­tal read­outs are asked to draw a clock!

The idea behind this form is to stan­dard­ize treat­ment for those on Medicare. To me, the motive is far more sin­is­ter. Under the guise of help­ing seniors, the gov­ern­ment can col­lect key infor­ma­tion for Medicare ben­e­fits and approval for health­care costs.

If, for exam­ple, you admit that you are more than a social drinker, you may be unlikely to get much help for prob­lems asso­ci­ated with alco­hol abuse. If you don’t eat a government-​recommended diet, you may be unable to get help for myr­iad issues. The poten­tial exclu­sions seem endless.

I am more than will­ing to dis­cuss var­i­ous issues with my doc­tor, but I don’t want the gov­ern­ment pry­ing into the infor­ma­tion on the form.

It turns out that you don’t need to have an Annual Well­ness Visit, and you don’t need to fill out the form.

After I learned that I didn’t have to answer the ques­tions for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, I asked that the form be shred­ded. I sug­gest any­one over 65 do the same. It seems rather ridicu­lous that I can vote with­out pro­vid­ing ID, but I’m sup­posed to give up all this pri­vate infor­ma­tion to the feds. I sug­gest Con­gress elim­i­nate this seri­ous intru­sion to our pri­vacy under Oba­macare. Maybe the Repub­li­cans can at least agree on this!

The Annual Wellness Visit, a provision of Obamacare, is one of the most significant invasions of personal privacy you’ve probably never heard of.

I didn’t know about AWV until strolled into my doctor’s office for my annual physical and received a four-page questionnaire about my health. Some physicians decided not to offer the assessment because of the complexity of the requirements, which includes 54 different parts, but many doctors adapted to Medicare’s version of preventive care and provided these visits

Little did I know that the form would be sent to the federal government for its perusal. Also, the form is for those on Medicare, which I do not use. But I had turned 65 since my last checkup, so the front desk gave me the form.

The form asks for an extensive personal and family medical history. Here are some of the other questions:

–Are you sexually active?
–Do you have more than one sexual partner?
–Do you use illegal drugs?
–Do you always fasten your seat belt?
— Is there any clutter in your walking space at home?
–Do family members report that you have difficulty remembering things?

Here’s a beaut:

–Draw a clock in the space below.
–Set the hands to show 11:10.

I wonder what will happen when those who use digital readouts are asked to draw a clock!

The idea behind this form is to standardize treatment for those on Medicare. To me, the motive is far more sinister. Under the guise of helping seniors, the government can collect key information for Medicare benefits and approval for healthcare costs.

If, for example, you admit that you are more than a social drinker, you may be unlikely to get much help for problems associated with alcohol abuse. If you don’t eat a government-recommended diet, you may be unable to get help for myriad issues. The potential exclusions seem endless.

I am more than willing to discuss various issues with my doctor, but I don’t want the government prying into the information on the form.

It turns out that you don’t need to have an Annual Wellness Visit, and you don’t need to fill out the form.

After I learned that I didn’t have to answer the questions for the federal government, I asked that the form be shredded. I suggest anyone over 65 do the same. It seems rather ridiculous that I can vote without providing ID, but I’m supposed to give up all this private information to the feds. I suggest Congress eliminate this serious intrusion to our privacy under Obamacare. Maybe the Republicans can at least agree on this!