Monday, May 18, 2009

Fawcett's Cancer Battle Highlights Need for Privacy

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, May 11, 2009
Fawcett, 62, the one-time Charlie's Angels star and pin-up poster goddess of 1970s America, told the newspaper that her efforts to fight anal cancer were made more difficult when her personal medical records were illegally accessed by at least one employee at UCLA Medical Center. That employee then sold the information for $4,600 to the National Enquirer. Because of the continuing unwanted publicity about her health, Fawcett had to take her attention away from fighting a deadly disease and devise—on her own—a sting operation to catch the snooping employee. In May 2007, when she learned that her cancer had returned, she told no one. Still, the news came out in the Enquirer within " maybe four days." When Fawcett asked UCLA Medical Center for the name of the snooping employee, she says a hospital official refused to provide it, saying they had a responsibility to " protect our employees." " And I said, 'More than your patients?' . . ." Fawcett told The Times.

LA Times Article:,0,5790379.story?page=2