WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors and hospitals could disclose private information about patients and provide other medical services without prior consent under proposed Bush administration revisions to Clinton-era patient privacy rules.
The changes also would give parents greater access to their children's medical records, including information about abortions, drug treatment and other sensitive services.
Years in the making, the changes are scheduled to take effect in April 2003. They would, in essence, continue the status quo because consent forms are not now required but would have been under the Clinton administration version being revised.
The revised rules would create the first comprehensive federal protections for health privacy.
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