The governor says unauthorized people have looked at his hospital files, just as someone at UCLA examined the records of his wife, Maria Shriver. He calls for stronger privacy protections.
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said this morning that the snooping into his wife’s medical records by an unauthorized UCLA Medical Center employee follows a long history of such intrusions on California’s first couple.
“I have been a victim of this in my own hospital visits,” Schwarzenegger said at a news conference to promote volunteerism, “if it was for heart surgery or hip surgery, shoulder surgery, all of those things.”
Every time he has left an operating room, the governor said, he has been told there were “people going through your file that had white coats on. Obviously, they snuck into the hospital. They had nothing to do with the hospital staff at all. So those things happen.”
The Times reported in today’s paper that California first lady Maria Shriver and 1970s TV icon Farrah Fawcett were among 32 celebrities, politicians and other high-profile patients at UCLA Medical Center whose files were improperly viewed by an employee.
Schwarzenegger reiterated that his administration will push hospitals to implement new safeguards to stop such snooping.