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!