|For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2000
Gallup Survey on
for Release September 26
Washington, D.C.) -- On Tuesday, September 26, the Institute
for Health Freedom will release the results of a major
national survey on public attitudes toward medical privacy.
This will take place at a news conference at the National
Press Club in Washington, D.C. The survey on medical
privacy was conducted for the Institute by The
Gallup Organization, the internationally renowned
public-opinion research organization.
"We know how privacy advocates feel about medical-records
confidentiality," says Sue Blevins, president of the
Institute for Health Freedom. "But we wanted to find
out how the general public views the issue. That is
why the Institute sponsored this national survey."
The survey addresses several important issues regarding
Americans' views on medical privacy, including:
- How important is it to individuals that their medical
records be kept confidential?
- Is the public aware of federal regulations that
would change rules regarding who is allowed to see
patients' medical records?
- Do people think professionals should be permitted
to see a patient's medical records without the patient's
permission? If so, which professionals?
- How does the public feel about storing medical records
in computerized databases?
- Do people support federal plans to assign medical
identification numbers, similar to Social Security
numbers, for creating medical-record databases?
- Should researchers be permitted to study individuals'
genetic information without their consent?
All are welcome to attend this informative news conference.
||Tuesday, September 26, at 2:00 p.m.
||National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
To register, call Ellen Paris at (202) 429-6610; fax
(202) 861-1973, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because seating is limited, we encourage registration
by Monday, September 25.