© 2001

Privacy and Health Care

  • James M. Humber
  • Robert F. Almeder

Part of the Biomedical Ethics Reviews book series (BER)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Charity Scott
    Pages 1-52
  3. Patrick Boleyn-Fitzgerald
    Pages 53-68
  4. Margo P. Goldman
    Pages 69-99
  5. Bill Allen, Ray Moseley
    Pages 131-144
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 181-190

About this book


Although a legal and moral right to privacy is generally recognized in society, there is no agreement regarding how these rights should apply to medical information. In Privacy and Health Care, leading ethical, medical, legal, and philosophical thinkers debate the conflicting moral and legal demands for maintaining the privacy of health care records in an age of easy computer access to those records and growing pressure by insurance companies, public health agencies, and employers for personal health care data. The essays by Boleyn-Fitzgerald, Margo Goldman, and Bill Allen & Ray Moseley favor restrictions being placed upon access to medical information, whereas the chapters by David Korn and Mark Meany argue for the opposing view. An introductory article by Charity Scott delineates the principal legal and ethical issues on the general topic of medical privacy.

Interdisciplinary and enlightening, Privacy and Health Care presents the latest moral and legal thinking for and against greater protection of the privacy of health care information, and advances this important issue to a new level of clarity and decision.


Ethical Issues Public Health ethics health morality

Editors and affiliations

  • James M. Humber
    • 1
  • Robert F. Almeder
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Privacy and Health Care
  • Editors James M. Humber
    Robert F. Almeder
  • Series Title Biomedical Ethics Reviews
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2001
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89603-878-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-233-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-089-6
  • Series ISSN 0742-1796
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Theory of Medicine/Bioethics
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