Lawyers 'fishing' through medical records

Lawyers are exploiting privacy laws to fish through medical records for information to discredit patients' insurance and compensations claims, experts say.

Under the Privacy Act, a doctor cannot refuse a patient's request to access their medical record unless doing so would pose a serious threat to the patient or others.

The provision was designed to support an individual's right to their personal medical information.

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