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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Nothing is confidential. You think what happens to you in the medical setting will stay between you and the doctor, but that isn't always true in a small town. In February, my nephrologist was overheard at a party talking about me and my case. He was telling a friend, "I don't know what to do with her! If I have to, I will just send her back to St. Louis." Now, I am glad he is agreeable to send me to STL because that is where I would want to be if I was sick, but what kind of confidence can you possibly have, when your doctor says things like that? Not to mention, he violated HIPPA and patient privacy. I was so mad at him when I heard this. I didn't confront him about it until months later but this made an already bad relationship worse.