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Editor:

After talking with other senior citizens, hearing of some of their experiences, and from a recent rather alarming experience of my own, I have come to the following conclusion.

Some of the members of our medical community are now engaging in a form of activism, that while they may think it is justifiable, I and many others find it abhorrent and predict it will cause much harm to the elder community. One should feel safe with their doctor and trust in them.

I recently was seen by a medical specialist. Upon arriving for my appointment, I feel that I was tricked by an introductory request by the “P.A.” (I think), into having an unwarranted interview. (It had absolutely no connection to the purpose of my visit.) I initially agreed, but soon opted out when the questions became too personal and invasive.

In a very small room the interviewer asked questions while the “P.A.” observed. And it was me being observed! I believe this was a surreptitious attempt to obtain a psychological profile of me without my full knowledge and consent. Then the visit progressed to the reason for the appointment. Later when I received my Medicare summary statement, I found they had billed my insurance as a part of my visit, and that Medicare had denied payment for it.

So if they do it knowing it is not an approved practice, then why and who is requiring this activity? Why would they attempt to invade one’s privacy?Am I and others not but individuals with protected rights?

I would hope those practitioners would consider all of the ramifications of their actions however well-intentioned they may believe them to be. Will a visit to a doctor harm my actual well-being? One should not have to ask!

John Iwaniec, Hudson Falls

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