DCFS Can Now Root Around in Your Prescription Information
Another power a power drunk agency doesn’t need and can’t use responsibly
Patriot Freedom Fighters
This year the Governor and legislature gave DCFS the power to access the Prescription Monitoring Program database. HB 2708 authorizes certain Department of Children and Family Services employees to have access to the Prescription Monitoring Program database to assist in the investigations of child abuse and neglect effective the first of January.
Patient confidentiality has been in free fall since the HIPAA Act in 1996 undermined the traditional doctor patient confidentiality by giving insurance companies, the government, police, and practically everyone you wouldn’t want to have looking in your medical records the power to do so. Prior to that, doctors considered themselves bound by the Hippocratic oath which states: Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private.
Doctors willingly went to jail to keep from disclosing such information, even under court order, but the days of such oath bound men were long gone by 1996. When the new federal rule passed, the medical profession meekly acquiesced to the loss of privacy. Now that privacy has been undermined yet farther, with busybody social workers given access to information they have neither the need to use nor the capacity to understand.
This is one more provocation of a free people that should not be tolerated.