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Not-so-private practice

Not-so-private practice

Life insurers have always tried to identify customers whose risk of illness or death is higher than normal. Until recently they relied on medical certificates and doctors’ reports. As this 2007 cartoon shows, some companies demand access to patients’ confidential medical files before they will agree to cover them or pay out on claims. This has raised concerns about breaches of privacy.

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Cartoon by Mike Moreu

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Alan Henderson, 'Insurance - Accident insurance', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Alan Henderson, published 11 Mar 2010