Seven out of ten Belgians want to be able to choose who they give access to medical data

Seven out of ten Belgians want to be able to choose who they give access to medical data
Seven out of ten Belgians want to be able to choose who they give access to medical data

Seven in ten Belgians (68 percent) want to be able to choose who they give access to their medical data. This is shown on Thursday from a survey by doctors’ association BVAS, conducted by Ipsos among 1,477 participants.

Rutger LuitenSource: BELGA

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Currently, only general practitioners or medical specialists can access all medical data via the patient’s identity card, but there are plans to expand this. For example, other health professions such as dentists, physiotherapists, nurses and pharmacists may have the same access as the doctor once the patient presents his or her identity card. There are even plans to extend this right to include psychologists, speech therapists and dieticians.

However, the survey shows that Belgians are not eager to share their medical data with anyone. For example, 18 percent want to refuse access to their medical data to nurses, pharmacists, dentists and physiotherapists. Another half want to be able to prevent certain professional groups from viewing their medical data. Of this group of respondents, 25 percent want to be able to block access to their medical data for nurses, 30 percent for pharmacists, 4 percent for dentists and 47 percent for physiotherapists.

It is currently possible to refuse access to all healthcare providers via www.mijngezondheid.belgie.be, but this also prevents the patient from consulting his or her own medical data and the doctors he or she consults will lose their right of access. The BVAS therefore advocates that patients can block access to their medical data in one go for certain healthcare professions via the platform.

The article is in Dutch

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