There is an article by Dr. Jane Orient, MD, on the website of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons discussing the proposed national patient ID. As I have mentioned before, the AAPS is the decent version of the corrupt American Medical Association, a.k.a. AMA, the Establishment medicine group.
Dr. Orient says that the “Unique Patient Identifier” (UPI), as it would be called, would not work in the government’s attempt to deal with the nationwide opioid crisis. The claim is that addicts get their opioids from “doctor shopping,” yet, as Dr. Orient points out, 97% of the abused drugs are coming from a single doctor or from an illicit source.
Another desired purpose of the Patient ID is supposedly to prevent misidentifying a patient’s medical history and thus preventing medical errors. Are you kidding me? I personally experienced a lot of medical errors by ignorant doctors with their bad advice and bad prescription drugs!
And regarding how to prevent medical errors, Dr. Orient notes that “you need alert nurses and doctors—and the UPI is not going to fix the hazards of the electronic health record. The EHR, touted as the solution that will bring efficient, quality care, has created its own type of errors.”
And, “There may be critical gaps as patients withhold information they don’t want in a federal database. The new problem that brings the patient to the hospital won’t be in the old record—but may be the result of an old misdiagnosis that should be corrected instead of copied.”
Speaking of misdiagnoses, one study published in 2014 concluded that about 5% of medical diagnoses were in error, roughly 20 million people in the U.S.
However, prior to that, in 2013 a study at Johns Hopkins concluded that “diagnostic errors — not surgical mistakes or medication overdoses — accounted for the largest fraction” of malpractice claims. 28.6% of the claims were because of misdiagnosis. More recent studies showed that among malpractice claims 38% were due to misdiagnoses.
So I’ll bet the frequency of medical misdiagnosis is quit a bit higher than just 5%!
If the U.S. government forces any kind of “Medicare for All” or “single payer” (same thing) on us, then doctors will become essentially government employees or bureaucrats, so if that ever happens in America then expect that percentage of misdiagnoses to go up, up, up. (Because most government bureaucrats have no idea what they are doing!)
So, what the national “Unique Patient Identifier” would really amount to, and the real reason why government bureaucrats want this, is for tracking and surveillance of the people. Government bureaucrats like to have a lot of power and control, and that is why they don’t believe in privacy or medical freedom. And in medical care they don’t support the confidentiality between doctors and patients.