See full story here. Every implanted pacemaker stores information that identifies the patient. But hospitals don’t really need your pacemaker. A swab of your DNA or dusting your coffee cup for finger prints could also be used for a computer match against federal data bases. Where this could all lead is explained at The Covert Rationing Blog:
Once medical records become fully electronic, patients needing medical aid will have a lot to consider. Are you an embezzler on the lam? Are you behind in paying your income taxes? Are you a parking ticket scofflaw? Do you have erectile dysfunction, or venereal disease? (These latter conditions cannot get you arrested — as of yet — but…the publication of lists of patients with embarrassing medical conditions always remains a possibility.)
Once again, DrRich marvels at the fact that, soon, the only safe way to get your healthcare will be through the black market.
(HT to Jason Shafrin)