Medical Privacy Issues - The Internet, Employers, Insurance Companies Are Not Your Friend

Latest update: August 31, 2022. Page URL indicates original publication date; meanwhile, times change and the updates continue.

Beware Medical Discrimination by Employers and Insurance Companies

I'm retired and don't care, but younger people should very much care; especially don't post anything medical on social media or anywhere else online. Potential employers routinely check social media accounts these days.

Potential employers will discriminate against you and not hire anyone they suspect will increase their medical insurance rates. This practice is supposed to be illegal in many states, but quite bluntly that doesn't stop them. They simply claim there was some other factor that caused them to not hire you. It's just a fact of life. So if you have any medical issues, keep them to yourself. Don't even tell your real-world friends. If you have to tell, then make it only the immediate family and those you trust; and remind them about the posting-on-line caveat.

And certainly protect your kids in this regard. Definitely don't mention any of their long-term medical problems online.

HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

See for expanded information. The associated News Room access also has relevant information, particularly as to privacy relating to COVID-19 vaccinations. 

And for folks of all ages, don't mention online that you are going to the doctor, hospital, or anywhere else on a particular day. Doing so announces to the world that your home may be vacant for burglars to enter. The internet is not always your friend.

And while we are at it...Never make a doctor's appointment for a Monday or a Friday. Both the doctor's office and the medical transportation will be total chaos; personal experience talking here.

Another note... Pharmacists say don't keep any prescription medications in the bathroom medicine cabinet. I'm guessing this has to do with both heat and humidity issues; especially heat destroys the active ingredients. Same probably applies to OTC medications and vitamin pills. Makes me think that having prescription medicine or anything else that is heat-sensitive mailed to you during the summer months may also not be a good idea.

Update. Regarding pandemics, it is a pretty good bet that medical privacy goes out the window during those. If you do happen to be exposed to COVID-19, you definitely do not want to advertise that fact. It is well-known that the disease can have future and very long-term effects. Employers and medical insurance companies won't hesitate to discriminate against you as a result.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree with you, but like you, I'm 70, and I don't really give a rat's patoot as far as the social media posting. But, on the other hand, I tend not to do much of that RE health issues, because it's none of anyone's business.
    As far as not posting where you're going for security reasons, that applies to everything, from the doctor to going out to dinner, the movies, or on vacation! Leave that stuff untill you get home, and tell your story after the fact. It won't be complete before then, anyhow.
    And along those lines, what's up with all this "checking in" crap from here, there and everywhere? Not only a security risk, but who the hell cares what your plate of food looked like at the restaurant. You go out to eat; then eat, and enjoy the meal, and check OUT of social media, and be social and sociable to whomever you are with in person!
    **End rant.**


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