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Home > Privacy and Government > Privacy Law Governing the Government Sector > Sectoral Laws > Veterans Administration Health Privacy

Veterans Administration Health Privacy

38 U.S.C. 7332 requires confidentiality in Veterans Administration records of the identity, diagnosis, prognosis, or treatment of any patient relating to drug abuse, alcoholism or alcohol abuse, infection with the HIV virus, or sickle cell anemia.

Like many medical confidentiality statutes, this section is long, complicated, and full of exceptions. In the past, the Veterans Administration computer system has been shown to lack sufficient security, which draws into question whether the Veterans Administration is capable of carrying out its legal obligations under this section.


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[updated 02/18/01]

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