FULLDISCLOSURE OF MEDICAL INFORMATION BY MEDICAL PROVIDERS
FullDisclosure of Medical Information by the Involved Parties
Inattempt to address the issue of child protection, it has becomedifficult due to barriers of full disclosure of the medicalinformation. Individual medical information is a very sensitive issueto every person. People tend to keep their medical information andthat of their children secret, as it is a private issue. Under themedical field, doctors as well are required to keep the medicalreports of their patient’s secret. It is professionally unethicalfor medical officers to disclose their patient’s medical reportswithout the consent of the patients. In the US, people are supposedto take a medical cover to insure them upon sickness (Landale, 2013).Hence, insurance providers need the full disclosure of the medicalinformation before they accept to cover individual. However, it isevident that people are not willing to reveal the full truth abouttheir medical information. Hence, the paper discusses the need forall parties involved with health provision to collaborate in handlingthe health issues of children.
Conceptualframework in full disclosure of medical information
Individuals / patients who are unaware of the HIPPA programs
Social worker practitioners who tries to enlighten two parties in understanding the need for full disclosure
Insurers who are HIPPA providers
Interested parties in the medical information of patients.eg insurers
Fromthe above, social workers tends to create awareness to the interestof both the insurance providers and the patients. They wellunderstand the human rights and what, is regarded as social ethical.They will advise the insurers on how to act professionally as well asadvising the patients on need and importance to give full informationabout their medical records.
Thetheory emphasizes on a reciprocal relationship between mutuallyinfluenced parties in an identifiable environment. The system theoryhelps in drawing the attention of the social worker to understand theindividuals on how they coup to various systems. The understandingthen helps the social workers to intervene the problems that face theindividuals in attempt to help them overcome the problem. Since thesystem focuses on the understanding of human condition and so manycultures, it has helped the social workers to understand variouscultures together with human behaviors. For instance, the systemtheory will enable the social workers in a place like Barbados torecognize the value of HIPPA.
Thetheory will enable the social workers to understand the behaviors ofBarbados people together with their culture as they try to intervenein dealing with the problem of full disclosure of information. Forinstance in dealing with the problem of full disclosure of medicalinformation in child protection the social worker may use some modelsof system theory to impact the understanding to the people(Mackenbach, 2002. The social worker might use the model of narrativethat bases its assumption on the individual’s life story. Thesocial workers use the model to to make the clients understand thetruth from the common stories that exist. In solving the problem ofneed for full disclosure of the medical information, the socialworkers will help the medical parties involved to understand theproblem. The social worker will brainstorm some possible solutions,and then they will pick a solution for the problem they try it outand assess the effectiveness.
Theconceptual framework above will help a culture like that of Barbadosto implement the systems that enhances the full disclosure of medicalinformation. Parties involved in health provision include theinsurance providers, individuals who want the cover, and the socialworkers providers. Social workers practitioners act as advisors tothe two parties. They advise them on the need to give the rightinformation. They advice patients that, it is socially right to, givethe information to the right interested parties but not to any thirdparty. They also advise the insurers on need to act professional andin a manner, which is socially ethical.
Barriersof sharing information among the providers
Peopleare not ready to provide the right information to evade paying largepremiums. People with health issues like that of heart attack, cancerand other chronicle diseases usually fear to give the correctinformation. Mental unaware for need to communicate full informationin all parties involved. Sometimes people view that if they keep theinformation and assume that they are normal, they will pay fewerpremiums, but upon compensation, they will get full compensation.This is not the case as they will get compensation up to the extentthey covered their medical policy. As well, insurance policiesbelieve that by failure to reveal their right financial situations,they will still get clients who maybe will not get sick to seekcompensation (Culyer, 2014).
Inaddressing the problem of child protection agency Barbados allparties involved need to give the right medical information. It isthe responsibilities of social workers practitioners to educate thepeople and other medical providers on the need to disclose theinformation fully. Social workers need to work tirelessly in makingthe people understand the need to give the right information inattempt to curb the problem of child protection. They can achievethis by use of system theory. For instance, parents need to beenlightened by the social workers that despite the existing theoriesof medical privacy, it is important to disclose the information tothe right people. For that matter, they need to give the rightinformation to the government and the insurers. To the insurers thesocial workers creates an awareness of professional ethics. It isboth social and professional ethical for insurers to disclose theirfinancial situation so that the clients are aware the position theystand during time for compensation.
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