Insurer sent me an authorization form to sign so they could ask my GP for an update on my file as my treating doctor for my LTD claim had closed his practice for an extended period of time due to COVID.
My GP does not treat me for my mental illness (reason for LTD) and I informed my case worker of this and also educated that I wasn’t even sure if my GP knew of my mental illness, so I didn’t sign the authorization form. In the mean time I’ve seen my treating LTD doctor.
Fast forward a couple of weeks, I had a follow up with my GP in which he tells me a letter from the insurer was received asking for a medical update, he was confused as he wasn’t aware that I was on LTD and that I had any reason to be on LTD so he was going to disregard the request.
My question, is there any legal implications here as I did not authorize the insurer to contact my GP? Breech of privacy? Am I required to sign this form to authorize someone who isn’t treating me? Just curious…