According to Wikipedia, because that site is so trustworthy, rights are:
Rights are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory. - WikipediaWell, that's the rough sketch, but it pretty much sums it up. So, almost every government in the world, with exceptions and I won't mention any names, gives their people rights. The laws are different from place to place, so if you think you can do one thing and it'll be legal everywhere, think again.
Like you don't have the right to kill, because it's illegal and you don't have the right to drive under influence either, because again, it's illegal and these rights are prohibited to protect. And you'd think that's what your government is doing, that's what these laws are created for - to protect you and others.
You'd think you have the right to rule over your own information, like personal stuff, right? Well you sorta do, but... It's just not always the case, because laws can be changed.
On September 1st 2014, a new law will be set in place and it pretty much wipes away the doctors confidentiality.
The sad truth I've come to realize, is that my government no longer and probably never, had in mind to protect the citizens.
Where you before could sit and share your concerns about your health, comfortably and knowing only your doctor/the parts of the health department involved, like the hospital etc, would have access to the information - you'll most likely in just a few months, be met with a stressed doctor, who has to use a stop watch while scribbling everything down, asking completely irrelevant questions, like what did you eat this morning? Because that's what this new law decrees. Also, please don't worry, this won't stay between you and me, because the Minister of Health would very much like to read your file too.
And as if that wasn't troubling enough, you can expect the same standard treatment as everyone else with a depression.
So, this pretty much sounds great huh? Standardized treatment, people outside of the health department going through your files, getting to know you through your health issues.
It's cool, right?
What concerns me is the part where YOU don't have a say in this, you can't object, because the law decrees that it's now mandatory and the doctor, should he/she refuse to send in the information, a fine will be given.
Now, you may think this little change is set in place to protect you. Nope.
Again, without our consent, without us seeing the bigger picture, the true shape of things, we're stripped of our rights, one by one.
I now see so very clearly where this is heading and I've never been more certain of that.