In Sweden we have PDL (Patientdatalagen), it is a law ment to protect all patients integrity. That means that all health care has confidentiality agreements. However with patient consent they can give out this information to external parties.
However when the law is broken… I do not think Swedish government has any balls to do anything about it. Far to often both sender and receiver get no punishments. So I am guessing this is why people still break the law. The victims are all patients that have an integrity violation.
Prenatal care company Mama Mia is suspected of breaking the PDL-law by missing to inform the patients that if they took a prenatal (offered free from IF and marketed by Mama Mia to becoming parents) insurance their journals would be accessible for the insurance company IF, according to SVD.se.
If the story is true, then I think that Mama Mia isn’t the only guilty party. I think that IF, receiver of the information, also should be punished. I think that insurance companies have a big blame in integrity violations of patients.
The thing you should think about is…. there are no free things in life. If it sounds to good to be true… then perhaps it is. The cost here is that you and your child might not be able to get a regular normal child insurance with normal terms if the insurance company thinks there is something in your health record during the pregnancy that increases some risk. There is always a risk with giving any information to an insurance company. Your integrity is also lost. You are making your unborn baby lose its integrity even before its born. That is no way to start a new life. Just saying.