Privacy and Health Research. Healthcare contracts


Healthcare provider obligations to protect medical confidentiality are specified in the statutes and patient documents of such Federal healthcare programs as Medicare (for persons 65 years of age and over), Medicaid (administered by the States, with joint Federal/State funding, for low-income and other disadvantaged persons), the Veterans Administration (for military veterans), and the Indian Health Service (for Native Americans).

Similarly, the service contracts of private-sector healthcare plans routinely assure that patient records will be held confidentially, although they may also require, as a condition for coverage, patient–member authorization of "administrative" or "research" use of their data.