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luzouzts

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You guys should stop complaining because, one the health care we have now isnt as good as it was supposed to be. also the law has just been signed so give it some time. so if u want to say u have the right to choose tell that to ur congress men or state official. If you do not have insurance and need one You can find full medical coverage at the lowest price search online for "Penny Health" If you have health insurance and do not care about cost just be happy about it and trust me you are not going to loose anything!
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I think that this is invading our privacy a little bit. Ok I understand doing this for someone who is mentally ill or for seniors and children. But, this Pushing it a bit.

Since: Dec 10

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house...big brother...assume your patient is lying
Gopher45

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ONLY Pharmacists, Physicians, and Drug Insurance Programs will have ACCESS. Then the insurance programs then can have a rating scale for those taking more prescriptions. DUH!

Fact. Seniors take alot more medications, no study or database
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This violates the Privacy Act big-time unless patients sign a waiver permitting the use of the data with personally identifiable information! The potential for abuse and denial of benefits is extreme. Somebody stop these folks now!!

It is also misleading: folks could get their prescriptions and refills in a timely manner but store, toss, give away or sell the meds... the raw data does not prove patient compliance in actually using the medications!

Since: Jun 10

Canal Winchester, OH

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Jul 30, 2011
 
This doesn't compute!
When doctors are prescribing medications as PRN (as needed), or are adjusting doses up and down according to your needs, how are the FICO people going to be able to take that into account?
Some medications are adjusted according to the results of tests. How will FICO get access to that information without running afoul of the Privacy Laws?
It is enough that doctors adjust medications at a minimum of once per year. Why bother them with questions and data that really just use up valuable time. Time that they will bill somebody for. Time that somebody will have to pay for.
If a patient shops around and buys medications at various pharmacies due to price competition, how will the insurance company know? Many times you can find medication at cheaper prices in local pharmacies than you can at those mail order pharmacies ($2.00 is cheaper than $10.00). Will the kind folks at FICO shop around for us, our is it their desire to limit the market interactions for buying medications?
Doctors already know which patients are off their prescribed medication regimines. All they have to do is interact with their patients. They can also find out if their patients have financial problems if they suspect the medications.
Where is this going? The idea may start out innocently enough, but there is a lot of room for abuse by the insurance companies, and the medical establishment. We need to be asking questions - out loud!
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this, as in using this information to rate your insurance or obtain employment, is sooooooo wrong.
i can also guarantee there are many, who 'always' know better, that would rate as most compliant and are actually such a drain their medical expenses could support large third world countries.
had just about enough

Dublin, OH

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HIPAA. Please tell us all how FICO will legally get this information on us. Will my doctor inform me that he is signing on with FICO and giving out my information to this private, for profit company? Who else is going to get our medical information. Seems that once a week we are hearing about another group or company. All for our own good of course. I am getting dam n sick of this and if I have to stop going to doctors to end this snooping that's what I'm prepared to do.

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