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Does Your Doctor Want Your Picture?? If So What For

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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:18 PM
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Strange times we live in indeed as of lately. So this is more of a question I have for the general audience than anything else. Not quite sure if it fits into a conspiracy category per say. I had to go to the doctors today for a routine follow up for my workers compensation case. Among the usual paperwork and the switching of records to electronic form sign off's blah blah blah I found myself getting told my picture was needed for my file. I gotta hand it to the lady because she was so smooth about interjecting it into the conversation that I really didn't notice until I sat down in the waiting room and it hit me. Is this something that is done nowdays as I don't make going to the doctors a routine habit unless needed? Or if anyone out there works for a doctors office and is familiar with this? I should have asked but like I said at the time this lady made it seem like routine and like a good little sheep I complied without a question, until I started thinking about it on the ride home. Now I feel like a dumb you know what for just being like o.k. With all this picture taking going on nowdays makes you feel like a celebrity or something, I guess photo id is no longer good enough as more and more companies want your mug shot!!!




posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:21 PM
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thats creepy. i havent been to my docs in a while but i sure as hell wouldnt agree to that lol



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:23 PM
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Like I said she was slick, she grabbed the webcam off the top of her computer, spun it around and click click!!



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:24 PM
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I would be careful too, but maybe it is just an insurance issue... That nobody else can pretend to be you, who does not have health insurance? Just a thought, it the reason could be more obscure...



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:27 PM
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I had the same issue just last month.

I had a surgery early this year and this was my final follow up and I will not be seen for another year now unless I get sick.

Anyway, I already filled out paperwork online for them and thought I was done. When I got to the office I filled out more paperwork (pretty much what I had filled out online) and sat longer because they were updating the system. Well by the time that they took my picture I was not to happy to begin with and just wanted to get in there so I could get back out.

I had been waiting for an hour and a half at the point when they said they needed my picture and the lady asked if I would like to smile. I told her not really and that was close enough to a smile for her when she got the picture.

Needless to say I waited almost two hours to be seen for ten min.

To answer your question though. Yes, they took my picture for the electronic files purpose. I cannot understand why when they have a photo ID they could look at on file as well. I felt sort of like a pet at the vets office where they take pics and have it on the top of your bill along with the pets name.

Raist



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:31 PM
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Originally posted by HedyLamarr
I would be careful too, but maybe it is just an insurance issue... That nobody else can pretend to be you, who does not have health insurance? Just a thought, it the reason could be more obscure...


If someone wants my identity they can have it lol!!! Just be warned it comes with a great misses (who will surly make the newcomer suffer!!!) and 5 bratty kids!!!



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:38 PM
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I hope none of you are in Canada and this is just an America thing



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:40 PM
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A lot of doctors offices are doing it now. It's not like they don't get your blood and everything else anyhow. One of the "reasons" given is it is for patient identification by the doctors, to help eliminate screw ups, and so the doctor matches the patient with their record when they are coming to the examination room. I had the same thing happen and felt a little weird about it, but decided it wasn't that big of a deal. The government already has my photo on the drivers license and my fingerprints and biological data and health records from health issues. So I really don't see how another photo at the docs is going to cause additional problems.
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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:46 PM
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It's probably a number of things to prevent mis-identification, fraud, ect..

My healthcare provider checks state ID every time I come in, but they don't keep a picture I don't think.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 01:55 PM
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Yup, my specialist and the eye doctor both wanted to get my picture.

The picture taking is all so innocent to the clerks, of course. I had to confuse and piss them off by stridently refusing both times. I know it's an empty gesture, but hey, I'll hang on to whatever little power of refusal I have until I don't.

To my mind, this is just the set up to the electronic health records and the mandatory health insurance laws of 2014. Next stop, e-health microchips in 2013 after the 2012 programming.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:02 PM
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Most of the post are right on target. The pictures are also a deterant and safety measure aginst identify theft as well as people who use different names etc in order to avoid billing and the narcotic abuse by getting multiple prescriptions of narcs using different names.

Most Hospital are going to whats called integrated electroni records also, so this is anohter step in that process. If you live in Californa and visit New York and something happens where you are in the Hospital, they can request your records, cutting down on the costs of having to run multiple tests to see if you have prior medical issues, allergies etc.

Its creepy I agree, however the intent is to stramline and improve medical care. The system some Hospitals are putting inplace will eventually allow patients to check there results from home via the internet. You can log in and see your blood / test results etc.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:09 PM
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Well it looks to have it's up sides now. Thanks for the info, as I am already connected to the net like an umbilical cord this could come in handy for sure..



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:16 PM
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The key to the answer is when you said "worker's compensation." If you were to apply for temporary or permanent partial or total income benefits, the insurance company will take the doctor's deposition. The doctor might say, "Yes, he's disabled. I examined him and found spondylolilysthesis at L-3/lL4." Insurance company lawyer says, "Are you sure it was jaynkeel you examined, and not some imposter trying to fool you?" The doc whips out the pic and says, "Here. You tell me." It's for your protection in the comp case. Same thing in accident cases.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:19 PM
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Another excellent point, so I should hold off on the Micheal Jackson nose job and the Bob Marley hairdo for a bit then huh?!!!!!



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:21 PM
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I KNOW Y!!!!

The same reason I want ppics of my clients - so I know who they are before walking into the room - or in my case a courtroom

- I know that you want to think you are special and I hate to burst your bubble -- but that is how professionals roll!!!
lmao


--- oh they will put it in your file - he will look at it before he walks in and says HELLO
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posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:28 PM
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Originally posted by Xcathdra
Most of the post are right on target. The pictures are also a deterant and safety measure aginst identify theft as well as people who use different names etc in order to avoid billing and the narcotic abuse by getting multiple prescriptions of narcs using different names.

Most Hospital are going to whats called integrated electroni records also, so this is anohter step in that process. If you live in Californa and visit New York and something happens where you are in the Hospital, they can request your records, cutting down on the costs of having to run multiple tests to see if you have prior medical issues, allergies etc.

Its creepy I agree, however the intent is to stramline and improve medical care. The system some Hospitals are putting inplace will eventually allow patients to check there results from home via the internet. You can log in and see your blood / test results etc.


Ya, where I go now posts my med results online with a password system for me. They also allow me to select appointment times and such via the online service. I've found it's quite useful.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:42 PM
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Yeah, I don't think comp will pay for those. If you wait long enough, Medicare might, though.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 02:51 PM
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Na I ment for sake of identity!!
2nd



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 05:07 PM
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The other nice thing, at least in my opinion, is how the information is protected. Its covered under a Federal Law called HIPAA, which prevents the release of any information to anyone unless you authorize it. There are exception for a Law Enforcement investigation, but again the info release will usually be just the absolute basics (name, DOB, SSN etc etc).

I dont know why, but it seems Hospitals are pretty much the only entities that consistently over protect records of patients.

Since its electronic there is always going to be abuse etc. The Integrated system of the Hospital in my area has a big brother aspect to it. If someone looks at my record who are not currently treating me, the system will flag and log the access and send it to be investigated.

As a side note there was a push a while back to include medical information in the magnetic strip on your DL / ID. Privacy groups threw a fit so it was dropped.

If you come across a Hospital asking you if they can take a photo ask them what it is needed for. Usually when someone checks in at triage, the admitting people can just scan your drivers license / id in.



posted on Dec, 2 2010 @ 05:43 PM
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You seem very knowledgeable about the medical industry. Hospital worker by chance?



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