Muskogee Regional Medical Center won't help cancer patient
User: Rurahrah
Submitted: Friday, July 20, 2012 12:48 PM
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The admissions employees at Muskogee Regional Medical Center refused to admit a patient whose doctor had scheduled surgery to remove the patient's cancer.  Their reasoning? The patient disputed a clause in the hospital's consent form which gave the hospital the right and the ability to disclose unrelated information contained in the patient's mental health history to Oklahoma agencies such as the Department of Health, CDC, or DHS.  Hospital employees emphatically insisted that he patient could NOT receive the much needed treatment at Muskogee Regional if that form were not signed, and the form could not be altered so as to omit that clause.

Hospital employees claimed that the reason the generic clause, "Information to be disclosed could include any of your mental health information", is included in he paperwork is to protect the hospital if they have to report someone saying that they want to hurt themselves or someone else. In reality, the law clearly states that they are required to report that information whether they have patient consent or not. That means the hospital obviously would not need to protect itself by getting consent for that situation. 

So why did Muskogee Regional Medical Center refuse to treat this cancer patient? And how much right should the government have to know personal details of our lives?
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