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Posted on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

We asked, and you commented. Last week, the Bowling Green Times asked its Facebook followers what they think about doctor/patient confidentiality. Here are some of your answers…



“Recent reports indicate a former Northwestern University student has filed a lawsuit against a doctor after she was admitted to an Illinois hospital for extreme intoxication, where the doctor took photos of her and posted them to social media sites with commentary about her condition. One story states the doctor and patient knew one another through mutual friends. The same story reported the woman is seeking $1.5 million in the suit.

So what do you think, BG? Did the doctor have a right as a “friend” to post the pictures online? Is the woman out of line to ask for $1.5 million? Does this break doctor/patient confidentiality?”


Your Answers*:

“I think the friendship takes a backseat to the doctor & patient relationship.” – Mike Gillum

“He broke federal HIPPA laws by sharing any info/pictures. He was seeing her as a patient for a medical reason. They were not just hanging out. He broke the law and must be forced to pay for his actions. More than money she should be asking for his license to be pulled in my opinion.” – Kelly J Cunningham-Rhoades

“He violated ethics but not to the tune of 1.5 million.” – Dawn Marie Turner

“He broke patient/Doctor confidentiality! Unless something was signed by that person giving him the rights to share with other’s in the medical field.” – Laura Snyder

“no he certainly didnt. whether he knew her as a friend or not if he was on the clock he broke dr/patient privelege.” – Shellie Cunningham Ligon

“If it wasn’t illegal, it was stupid! Unprofessional in a major way. He may lose his job, as nobody wants to employ someone who people don’t trust. And you don’t trust someone who posts photos of other people in their weakest moments. Do unto others…” – Brittany Morris Dain

“The Dr was so wrong. Never post pics of your patient even if friends.” – Diana Curry Schneider

“Dr. Made the wrong choice. Not worth 1.5 million though” – Kathy Gress

“In his office he has NO right to post pics of her He has no right to photograph her either with out her permission. and then post and comment about her now if it was at his house he is not a doc but a friend. 1.5 is out of the question though. There are a ton of “drunk” photos out there on line IF you don’t want your pictures out there then do not drink. Other wise every one is going to want millions for all of their embarrassing photos also.” – Cassandra Schuck-enbrock

“HIPPA laws don’t protect you from your visitors releasing information. If he wasn’t employed by that hospital or wasn’t working at the time or treating her ever, they have no Dr/patient relationship. If you let someone in to your room and they take a picture and post it without your permission most likely you would have some type of civil suit against them but if he wasn’t her doctor or obtain that picture during care then good luck. He could be disciplined simply because it is poor conduct but I doubt he would lose his license.” – Rainee Calhoun Sinroll

“The board of healing arts will so nothing ,,,,lack of docs now ,,,they get by with it all , I know ,,,was briefly married to one ,,,” – Brenda Rakestraw

“He violated dr/pt confidentiality, not everything has to go on social media! And it’s not worth 1.5 million dollars either.” – Lyndse Rutter Green

“Even if her was not her doctor of record, if he practices in the facility, it would be very unprofessional for him to post pics of a patient, even a friend. The 1.5 million is a ridiculous amount to ask for. If you live the lifestyle, you should expect the embarrassment. This kind of lawsuit is what drives healthcare cost up!” – Robin Raufer

“HIPPA, that’s all I have to say and he violated it BIG time!” – Mary Hoffman

“it breaks doctors patient confidentiality but know one has a right to post any pictures without your permission even if they are your friend” – Mary Grigsby


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*All answers are shown in context.