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March 15, 1965

Release of VA Records to Private Physicians

Author Affiliations

Director, Department of Governmental Medical Services, AMA

Chief Medical Director [Veterans Administration]

JAMA. 1965;191(11):951. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080110075039

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To the Editor:—  Kenneth K. Hazlet, MD, of Dubuque, Iowa, corresponded with Donovan F. Ward, MD (President of the American Medical Association) on Oct 24, 1964, in regard to difficulty encountered by the referring private physician in obtaining, automatically, a clinical report from a Veterans Administration medical facility when the patient is returned to his home community. This correspondence was referred by Dr. Ward to the Department of Governmental Medical Services, Division of Environmental Medicine and Medical Services of the AMA, with instructions to attempt to resolve this matter with the VA. A letter was directed to Joseph H. McNinch, MD, Chief Medical Director, requesting information and assistance on the problem. Dr. McNinch replied that "the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the Veterans Administration was planning to issue instructions to hospitals and clinics relative to the release of medical information to private physicians." On Jan 11, 1965, Veterans Administration,

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