The end of patient confidentiality as NHS information is sold to insurers

I am not remotely surprised that the government has sold people’s confidential medical records to insurance companies. Something like this has been coming for a very long time. Back in the 1990s I bought a book criticising some of the pseudoscience flying about then about the genetic nature of disease. There tends to be a simplistic attitudes to congenital disease or inherited disorders, that sees them as always the product of someone’s genetic heritage, while upbringing and environment can also cause a role. The book was also very concerned about genetic testing, because of the immense potential of this to be abused by insurance companies, wishing to select the safest customers and raise premiums for those, who aren’t genetically fit as the rest of us.

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Americanised healthcare: It is appropriate that the only appropriate image I could find features dollars instead of pounds - because it is clear that the Tory government is changing the NHS into an Americanised insurance-based service. Americanised healthcare: It is appropriate that the only appropriate image I could find features dollars instead of pounds – because it is clear that the Tory government is changing the NHS into an Americanised insurance-based service.

Confidential information on NHS patients has been sold to insurance companies who used it in combination with information from credit rating agencies to identify customers and “refine” their premiums – increasing the costs of policies for thousands of customers, despite all the Tory-led government’s assurances to the contrary.

According to the Daily Telegraph, “a major UK insurance company… was able to obtain 13 years of hospital data – covering 47 million patients.

“As a result they recommended an increase in the costs of policies for thousands of customers last year.”

The revelation comes only days after plans to sell the confidential medical information of every NHS patient in England were put on hold…

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