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What's New: 2001
- December 3, 2001
and Public Health Academicians Propose Mandatory Vaccination
and Treatment for "Infectious Diseases" - "The
Model State Emergency Health Powers Act" would grant
governors and public-health authorities new, broad
- November 16, 2001
Medicare 'Reforms' Will Hurt Seniors, Consumers; New
Cato Book Examines How To Restructure The $221-Billion
- November 15, 2001
- New book released: Medicare's
- November 4, 2001
Forum to Release "Medicare's Midlife Crisis"
- October 19, 2001
Expenditures Consume Ever-Growing Share of Federal
Budget - Continued growth in federal spending
on health care will most definitely crowd out funding
for defense and national security priorities.
- September 8, 2001
Research "Protections" Committee Recommends Waiving
Parental Consent Before Enrolling Teenagers in Drug
Trials - What happens when a child is harmed in
an experimental drug study and the parents were never
informed of their child's participation?
- August 28, 2001
Hearing on Consent - How does the federal medical
privacy rule affect health care ethics in the United
States? Testimony before the National Committee on
Vital and Health Statistics Subcommittee on Privacy
- August 21, 2001
Hearing on Federal Medical Privacy Rule and Patient
Consent - The federal medical privacy rule went
into effect on April 14, 2001 and covers nearly every
citizen--whether health care is paid for privately
or federally funded.
- August 17, 2001
Health Identifying Number Still Fought Over In Congress
- Individuals should decide whether they want
to be part of a national health tracking database.
(Link to CNSNews.com article.)
- August 10, 2001
Care" and Its Friends: Hospitals and Legislators Want
to Decide When Your Life is No Longer Worth Living
- (Link to Weekly Standard article.)
- July 11, 2001
Americans Still Value Freedom? - Polls suggest
that Americans still love liberty but with curious
- June 23, 2001
- Ted Kennedy on HMOs: Then
and Now - Policymakers should consider how their
past health-care proposals have affected today's patients.
- June 11, 2001
Before the Pennsylvania Senate Communications and
High Technology Committee - On June 4, 2001, IHF's
Sue Blevins testified before the Pennsylvania Senate
Communications and High Technology Committee on a
hearing to discuss privacy and security in the information
and technology age.
- June 4, 2001
Private Contracts: What Happens if Medicare Pays for
Rx Drugs? - American seniors have the right to
know how a new Medicare program will affect their
freedom to choose and pay privately for medicines.
- May 21, 2001
Briefing on Medical Privacy - On Wednesday, May
16, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) sponsored a congressional
briefing titled "Myths and Facts About Medical Privacy."...
The following briefing materials were presented to
each of the staff persons who attended the briefing.
- May 10, 2001
Americans being adequately informed about experimental
research risks? - Become thoroughly informed about
possible research risks and conflicts of interest
that may arise in medical studies.
- May 1, 2001
Paul Introduces Legislation to Repeal Federal Medical
Privacy Rule - Allowing government officials to
access a private person's medical records without
a warrant is a violation of the Fourth Amendment to
the United States Constitution. . .
- April 12, 2001
Bush Orders Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule to
Take Effect - The medical industry told HHS the
federal medical privacy rule is too costly, while
concerned citizens say the rule doesn't go far enough
to protect patient privacy.
- April 3, 2001
Owns Your Genetic Information? - Americans concerned
about genetic privacy and ownership rights should
carefully read consent forms when undergoing medical
procedures and treatments.
- March 1, 2001
Calls for Public Comments on Final Medical Privacy
Rule - Share your comments about the final federal
medical privacy rule by March 30, 2001.
- February 26, 2001
new medical privacy regulations: Will they protect
our most personal information? - Link to a Cato
Policy Forum available via Real Video.
- February 9, 2001
Final Federal Medical Privacy Rule: Myths and Facts
- How does the final federal medical privacy rule
affect your privacy?
- February 8, 2001
New Medical Privacy Regulations: Will They Protect
Our Most Personal Information? - Link to information
and registration form for a Cato Policy Forum.
- February 6, 2001
to Hold "Public" Hearing on Final Medical Privacy
Rule - Will True Privacy Advocates' Voices
- February 3, 2001
Orders: Parents Battle Medical Authorities for Control
of Their Children - Link to Reason Magazine
- January 22, 2001
Community Rights Override Individual Rights to Privacy?
A Book Review - The principle that "the community"
should balance individual rights and the common good
is a euphemism for mob rule.
- January 5, 2001
Hosts Roundtable Discussion of Patients' Rights -
The first principle of the Nuremberg Code is "The
voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely
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