I received a letter today from my insurance requesting that I signed the usual authorization to release diagnostic imaging results. The thing that I am questioning is their request to also authorize them to have copies of the consultation notes from my oncologist. It was in my understanding that under FOIP that Dr. patient notes are private. I feel that this is impinging on my privacy rights. Has anyone dealt with this and how did you handle the request?
I don’t have anything to hide. I have stage for metastatic breast cancer in the bone. My prognosis was 2 to 3 years, but that was five years ago. I deal with the ongoing side effects from the treatments, ongoing side effects from the medications and depression. I am single mother of two kids, with no child support. I am not able to return to work, even on modified duties. My insurance representative has previously tried to bully me back to work, but I have the support of my oncologist and family MD.
Advice would be greatly appreciated.