Ohio Hospital Denies Woman Her Deceased Wife’s Medical Records

Written by scott on August 4th, 2014

Marcia GallasA hospital in Ohio is hiding behind “state and federal privacy laws” and will not release a deceased woman’s medical records to her wife.

Towleroad.com reports:

Marcia Gallas, a woman from Blue Ash, Ohio, has been denied access to her recently deceased spouse’s medical records. While Gallas and her attorney have a federal injunction that is based on a similar case from Cincinnati, Bethesda North Hospital says they cannot release the information due to “state and federal privacy laws.” To Gallas, it seems the hospital’s rationale for this denial is that they are waiting for Ohio’s marriage equality fight to make its way through the courts. Said Gallas: I’m grieving…It’s going to take a long time to get over Barbara and I really don’t understand why they won’t recognize… what am I to think except that they have a problem with same sex marriage? Gallas is trying to obtain the records of former spouse Barbara Graham because Graham participated in an 18-year study that requires the records.

File this one under “why we need marriage equality now”.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Bill says:

    We all look forward to the day when we’ve actually buried the last ole bigot and all the demon illogical systems that have for much too long enslaved people. The day when bigotry has become an endangered species will be a real celebration. Not because laws the enslave have been defeated, but that hearts have been changed to accept the diversity of the human race!

  2. Clarknt67 says:

    On the bright side, bigotry like this while completely pointless to the people doing it, make good illustration in court WHY marriage equality is necessary for LGBT people.

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