The federal government issues thousands of press releases every year when there is a breach of patient privacy. And whom do you think received most of this attention? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and CVS Health. These are the entities with the most complaints and very few, if any, consequences. Can you imagine the media attention independent physicians get? Here’s a list of a few, whom did. Of note, the organizations with the most HIPAA violations are all large health care providers serving millions of patients each year, including Walgreens, Kaiser Permanente, Walmart, Rite Aid, Lab Corp, Quest Diagnostics, Express Scripts, and United Healthcare! CVS, amongst others, violated HIPPA between 2011 and 2014, and yet the agency tasked with enforcing the HIPAA took no punitive action against these providers. Some examples of violations included giving drugs to wrong patients, and faxing medical information to wrong places, including random strangers. Even small-scale violations that have caused serious harm have been overlooked.
The trend of large organizations getting away with murder boils down to the concept I continue to allude to in many of my blog posts. The laws are enforced to keep sheep, or should I say, independent Physicians, in line and overlooked for the large organizations and those with power. Why? Why is it that those with power are above the law? Why do they get away with blatant violations of the laws, and those, who may not have intended to violate the law, are punished? We can continue to ask why, and that’s all we can do. Those with power control those without with the illusion that everyone is treated equally. Now that’s the most intelligent way of oppression. Make the oppressed feel they have power.