Collecting health data costly, risky

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 - 7:10 am

Re "Health care privacy seen to be at risk" (Page A1, Dec. 1): The collection of demographic information is alarming. First, it was stated that insurers want financial incentives to collect and report this data. Won't the cost of this be passed on to consumers or taxpayers? More importantly, why this information is collected? Health care providers will be rewarded for proving improved health status for members based on demographics. In other words, providers may concentrate on healing certain groups while showing less concern for other groups in order to receive better ratings or more money. Providers should prioritize care based on medical severity, not someone's race or gender, etc. Demographics should have no impact on how health care providers treat us. Collecting this data is costly, and it will lead to unfair treatment of patients. It's another example of government disrupting the doctor-patient relationship.

-- Alice Connoly, Sacramento

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