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Do I have to give my health care provider written permission to share or discuss my health information with my family members, friends, or others involved in my care or payment for my care?

HIPAA does not require that you give your health care provider written permission.  However, your provider may prefer or require that you give written permission.  You may want to ask about your provider’s requirements.


Created 9/16/08

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on July 26, 2013