Medical Confidentiality Laws of PA
Information for parents
In the State of Pennsylvania, if a patient is 18 years of age, or has graduated from high school, he or she is considered an adult regarding medical care. The laws are strict regarding medical confidentiality. Medical information cannot be released without the written consent of the patient. A pre-signed consent for future medical information is not permissible in the State of Pennsylvania.
The law does allow, and, in some cases require confidentially be broken if the patient is a danger to himself /herself or others. If the patient is taken to the emergency room, in most cases the emergency room physician will contact parents with the patient’s permission.
If you feel it is important to have information regarding the medical care your son or daughter receives, we recommend you communicate directly with your son or daughter and ask him/her, to sign a Consent for Release of Medical Information form during their appointment.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping us meet our legal obligation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Wellness Center - Health Services at 717-245-1663 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may also view our statement addressing federal/state medical confidentiality regulations called HIPAA by linking to the Wellness Center Privacy Statement.