The government, in it’s iinfinite wisdom, decided to enact a law so that even druggies could get medical care without fear of reprisal for their actions.
It’s call the HIPAA Act. Here it is in a nutshell:
The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.
[Source: Dept. of Health and Human Services: Health Information Privacy]
NOW, the doctors, themselves, are asking law enforcement to make a law so that they CAN report a suspected crime:
And State Senator Key has the answer: (emphasis mine)
State Sen. Johnny Key of Mountain Home has filed legislation that would require health care providers to notify law enforcement authorities when they treat patients for burns that appear to be caused by criminal activity.
Well, let’s face it, folks. It DOES make you wonder whether you’re supposed to laugh or cry.