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Opinion 5.08 - Confidentiality: Insurance Company Representative

History, diagnosis, prognosis, and the like acquired during the physician-patient relationship may be disclosed to an insurance company representative only if the patient or a lawful representative has consented to the disclosure. A physician’s responsibilities to patients are not limited to the actual practice of medicine. They also include the performance of some services ancillary to the practice of medicine. These services might include certification that the patient was under the physician’s care and comment on the diagnosis and therapy in the particular case. See also Opinion 2.135, "Insurance Companies and Genetic Information." (IV)

Issued prior to April 1977