Patients' privacy


A Maryland law went into effect July 1 providing that hospitals no longer will provide news media with the identities or specific information about the injuries of patients without the patients' expressed consent.

Proponents of the law say it is aimed at protecting the patients' privacy. Critics say the law is a government-imposed gag rule that impedes the free flow of information and can deprive the public of an important source of information.

The Evening Sun wants to know your opinion on this issue. Should hospitals withhold these details? Does the public, through the media, have a right to such information?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County). After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. The code is 4600. The results will be published tomorrow in this section.

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