HIPAA for veterinarians?!?
Rather than getting my pets vaccinated at my regular vet, I went to a cheapo clinic offered at a church fundraiser last October. We got everything done at about a third of the price. The discount was a godsend, they gave me excellent paperwork, and I even got them all registered with the county at the same time. I duly dropped all this paperwork off with my regular vet, and they congratulated me on scoring such a good deal. No problems.
I have an appointment with my regular vet tomorrow to get Fido groomed. When I called in on Friday, they said they couldn't find Fido's shot records. The receptionist said that they couldn't just call the other clinic to get it faxed over. Why? New privacy laws! I have to bring it in personally.
Since I'm coming anyway it's not a problem, but I'm a little dumbfounded over this. I can see all sorts of practical applications for privacy laws on human medical records. But it's not as if if my dog stands to lose a job or get blackmailed over having worms. Is someone going to steal his identity to get an illegal prescription for a flea collar? Maybe fake some credentials for a Canine Good Citizen certificate?
Usually I'm a big fan of hands-on government (see the social programs thread.) But this has me scratching my head. Can anyone tell me the point of applying HIPAA to pets? I'd love to know. My vet's receptionist would too.
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