Does the public’s right to know trump a politician’s right to medical privacy?

Source: The Hill
by Anand Kumar & Sally Weinstein

“Recently, a presidential candidate suggested that individuals above the age of 75 should receive cognitive screening as part of the political process. During election campaigns, candidates frequently question their opponent’s fitness to hold high office on a partisan basis where the truth is often distorted to serve a political objective. Behind the polemics, however, there are serious issues that need to be considered. Many older Americans remain active in public and professional lives and make important contributions. … However, we have passed the days when routine physical exams, standard laboratory tests and a resting electrocardiogram are seen as providing adequate information on health status. Modern medicine could lend clarity to and provide a more comprehensive health profile of individuals, including brain health, that would add a scientific component to the public debate.” (03/14/23)