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Patient Views of HIPAA

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Do you feel that HIPAA really protects the patient? How do you think patients feel about HIPAA? Do you think that they believe it is an inconvenience or a worthwhile law?

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The discussion focuses on views of whether the public believes HIPAA is a useful law and whether it actually provides the type of safeguard intended.

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