Keeping Your Health Care Confidential
Unless the law requires it, a health care provider may not release any confidential information without the patient’s permission.
When your parent consents to your health care, information about the treatment is usually given to them. However, even if your parent or guardian consents to your health care, there are exceptions in the law that allow your provider to keep that care confidential. The provider is allowed to:
- Not reveal information to your parent or guardian if the provider thinks that it would negatively affect the relationship between you and your provider, your treatment, or the relationship between you and your parent or guardian
- Withhold information from your parent or guardian if you are over the age of 12 and object to the disclosure
- Withhold information from your parent if (1) the provider reasonably believes that you are subject to abuse or neglect by your parent, (2) disclosure could put you in danger, and (3) if they believe it is not in your best interest to involve your parent
You should always discuss the boundaries of confidentiality with your provider or school staff before revealing confidential information.