how does HIPPA & the Patient Act affect the privacy of medical information

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) granted new rights to patients and privacy of information was chief among those rights. 

First of all, HIPAA gives you the right to see your medical records. You may also get copies of those records, but you must pay for printing costs and, if requested, mailing expenses. Once requested, the health care provider has thirty days to grant your request.

You also have the right to request that any erroneous information be changed, such as a test result. If the provider disagrees, they must make a note of your request and keep it in the file.

You also have the right to know who has seen or requested your infomation and request that some information is not shared.