Thread: Medical Screening
04-20-2011, 03:19 PM #1
What all in entailed with a medical screening? Do they have access to your past medical records to show past prescriptions, surgeries, or anything of that sort? Or is based on your current health (BP, blood screening, etc)?
04-20-2011, 04:15 PM #2
- Join Date
- Feb 2011
I can not speak for fire depts, but as an airline pilot the FAA keeps a tight control over our past and present medical records or fitness for flight including 6 month medical reviews. Because of this I have become very familiar with medical histories.
You should always be honest to your future employer. That being said as of now (will be changing in the future) there is no national database of your medical records and you are HIPPA protected unlike pilots. This meaning there is no one place, i.e. the internet; someone can go and access all your records. Although you will sign a sheet for your employer allowing them full access to all your medical records (this is what the airlines require) there is limited stuff they can access. For example your doctor prescribes you a medication. The only way for a potential employer to know about it, is if you disclose it on your medical history form. If you put down your primary care doctor your prospective employer can contact them with your release of information but due to HIPPA laws it is still at your doctor’s discretion what information they will provide them. Always talk to your doctor about their particular privacy policies.
PM me if you have more specific questions, and I will be more than happy to elaborate on the above.
04-20-2011, 05:17 PM #3
- Join Date
- Nov 2009
have not seen it asked for, not saying some cities may require it
but we do have are you able to do the job
and the great hippo laws and ada laws kinda does not let them ask for to much.
04-20-2011, 06:19 PM #4
04-20-2011, 06:31 PM #5
- Join Date
- Dec 2010
04-20-2011, 10:02 PM #6
Of course I would be honest on disclosing all information, as I have nothing to hide. Just wondering what all they ask: surgeries, prescriptions, or what. Not that I'm afraid of a disqualifying question, just curiosity.
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