If an insurer wants your medical records should your GP say no?


By Tony Collins

Pulse reports that the Information Commissioner’s Office is to put questions to Aviva after learning that it has been requesting patients’ full GP records to underwrite some insurance policies.

An ICO spokesperson told Pulse it would be contacting insurer Aviva to ‘understand more’ about their use ‘subject access requests’ for collecting medical information on patients and ‘how these accord with the [Data Protection] Act’.

Aviva confirmed to Pulse that it has been using the method – with customer consent – for almost 12 months.

In a response to the article, an anonymous GP publishes his practice’s standard reply to such questions from insurers:

“Thank you for your medical records subject access request.  We formally decline to undertake this.

“We draw your attention to paragraph “2.12 Access to patient records from insurers and mortgage providers” on page 112 of the ‘Information Governance Review: To Share or Not to Share’ published…

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