I agree with you. But now, medical records go up into the Google Cloud and are shared by our government if you do anything with a government. The disclosure is right on the TriCare forms for military.
Again, that friend of a friend has a set of doctors with whom he is completely honest, who know him as a smart guy with a different name and birthday and SSN who has a small company with no insurance, but pays like a slot machine. And a set of doctors who know his real name, birthday, and SSN to whom he blandly lies.
It’s candidly the only prudent thing to do, from their perspective.
And I agree, it’s completely unfortunate.