Q&A: Is it illegal for me to have my best friend call the doctor back for my test results for me?

Question by Cait: Is it illegal for me to have my best friend call the doctor back for my test results for me?
I’m too nervous to hear my test results.. so i told my friend to call for me. Is this illegal? What happens if they find out I didn’t personally call them back?

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Answer by Sandra
It isn’t exactly illegal. The HIPAA rules protect the privacy of the patient. If your friend pretends to be you, they will tell her the results if they believe her. They will be really POed if they find out what you did, as they violated Federal rules.

Don’t be a chicken — Call for your results!

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One Response to “Q&A: Is it illegal for me to have my best friend call the doctor back for my test results for me?”

  1. M says:

    Not exactly. The doctor can not give any information out to anyone but you. Your friend wont be able to get the results for you.


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