My commander wishes to speak with my military doctor to question the validity of my medical complaints. What information is the doctor required to release?
State/Country relating to question: United States
I have spoken with my doctor for the past two months concerning a medical condition which she is not fully done diagnosing and assessing. In the interim, this is keeping me from attending a school (a recent development, treatment was ongoing in private long before this). I have explained a cursory version of the story ("I am being treated for insomnia, and the treatment is ongoing.") to my 1SG and Commander, but i do not know what i can be legally ordered to disclose. I am being ordered to report to the commander and explain my medical problems. I have fallen victim before to telling more than i needed to, and when the dust finally settled, i was in the right, but my medical history was common knowledge for my whole unit to see. I don't wish to upset my commander, but i need to know what my doctor is REQUIRED to tell him, what she CAN tell him, and what she CANNOT tell him. I also would like to know what I can and cannot be ordered to disclose. Thank you!
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
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