I’m a recent graduate so I don’t know much about the industry yet. Do employers have access to employees’ medical spending covered by the company health insurance (if they even offer it)? I see a psychiatrist every month and I’m wondering if it would just be better to get personal insurance. I don’t want anyone to know that I have depression and ADHD because that will probably only harm my chances of getting hired and staying hired.
An employer does not have access to your medical records. However, they can request a doctor’s note for sick leave, etc. Major depression is included in the American’s with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately depression is still widely stigmatized. I suffer from MDD, but like you, I am concerned about disclosing my condition to an employer. I think that some progress has been made in destigmatizing mental disorders, but not nearly enough.
It would be a violation of HiPPA if anyone that wasn’t you or your doctor had access to your medical records without you signing off on it.