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I went for my 6 month bloodwork the other day and my 18 year old twin daughters also needed bloodwork so we all went together. I went first and when the tech called me In she was super chatty about the doctors in my practice and one surgeon that had left etc etc then she asked if I had had the surgery already. Which ok I have a BMI of 30 down from a 50 but ok I politely say yes I have. She then asks if it was easy to get approval and wasn’t it great I got approval yadayada

I went out into the lobby and told my daughters I’ll wait in the car. So after my first daughter is done she gets in the car and says to me alarmed “you are having surgery??!!” I said no and she said well the tech said to me it’s great your mom got approved for her surgery.

My kids don’t know I had surgery. Just my personal choice. I told my husband the story and he insists I call the lab. Wanted to see what you all thought about this. When I type it out it is pretty crazy she would say something like that! Appreciate your thoughts :) thanks!

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That sucks. Definitely call the lab.

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Ooh, that sucks! I can see how she would assume your daughters knew, but a healthcare professional should be more careful about blabbing your personal health information without your consent. I haven't told anyone in my family about my surgery, and I would be really angry if one of my healthcare providers assumed it was ok to discuss it with my family.

I don't like to get people in trouble, but I think this is a case where somebody needs to talk to this tech about privacy so she doesn't do the same thing to someone else.

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I agree - I'm pretty sure that's a violation of HIPAA

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Yes, call the lab. Privacy is privacy, even between family members.

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