In Our Brave New World, Hospitals Spy On People

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“…most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

Dr. Arthur Caplan, medical ethicist

Dr. Arthur Caplan, NYU Langone Center

Data brokers are collecting massive amounts of information about people – where they shop, what they eat, do they smoke, do they belong to a gym – from transactions they make. They then give them a health score which is sold to doctors and hospitals.

Allegedly it is done to protect patients but it is primarily done because of the costs of medical care.

The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is currently plugging in data on 2 million patients to determine the likelihood of their becoming ill.

Patients have no say. It’s done without their knowledge.

Who believes this won’t one day be used against people? Just the fact that they are doing it without asking for permission tells us the answer to that question.

Dr. Arthur Caplan, a medical ethicist at Langone Medical Center, said, “We may be moving into a Brave New World where everybody is watching everybody else, picking out their sins and flaws, and reimbursement in healthcare moves accordingly but we all ought to be doing it eyes open and with our consent.”

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