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Veterans Administration Health Privacy
38 U.S.C. 7332
requires confidentiality in Veterans Administration records of the identity,
diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any patient relating to drug abuse, alcoholism
or alcohol abuse, infection with the HIV virus, or sickle cell anemia.
Like many medical confidentiality statutes, this section is long, complicated,
and full of exceptions. In the past, the Veterans Administration
computer system has been shown to lack sufficient security, which draws into question
whether the Veterans Administration is capable of carrying out its legal obligations
under this section.
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