Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The issue of privacy and medical records-- access to medical records

Many of us have hit road blocks when trying to obtain our ancestor's medical records --even if the person in question has been deceased for a long time. Steve Luxenberg has written an article regarding the time to change these medical record law restrictions which you might find of interest. Steve came up against these barriers when researching his family's "secret" as depicted in his book, Annie's Ghosts. The article appeared Detroit Free Press on May 23. See http://tinyurl.com/37hfa7d

Steve was a presenter to JGSCV and was very well received. His book is excellent--and the problem he came up against trying-unsuccessfully to get his aunt's mental health records years after her death is one which many of us may have encountered.

Jan Meisels Allen
President, JGSCV

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