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Patients should be aware that they do not need to answer any of the questions their doctors ask. They can decline. This is simply a thinly veiled way for insurers to track additional info on patients and ultimately raise premiums. Patients should also decline to answer the bs questions re seat belts, abuse etc. If you are ever in litigation re an injury (even if it doesn't involve the doctor), your records will be used against you. You should not tell your doctors anything.
Refusing to answer questions about exercise is as stupid as refusing to let the nurse take your blood pressure or temperature. Lack of exercise is a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, certain types of cancer and a host of other serious diseases and syndromes. Under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the insurance company does NOT have access to your full patient records. If you have any concerns, ask your doctor.
"the insurance company does NOT have access to your full patient records." -- Maybe not, but I'm sure the Gov't will soon.
People spend far too much time and money going to the doctors anyway - I never go and never get sick. If people would spend more time working and less time worrying about their personal lives, we would all make more money and the world would be better. Believe me - you can get a lot of info from a person's medical records that can be used against them - most people don't even know what their records say. There really is no need to tell doctors any of this - unless you're one of those people who want to talk with your doctor. The point is, you are not required to provide this info.
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