Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Oregon’s Data Cannot be Verified

The State of Oregon (the Oregon Health Authority) publishes annual statistical reports about the people who died under Oregon’s law.  Much of this data cannot be verified due to a lack of record keeping and the destruction of source documentation. According to the Oregon Health Authority:
The identity of participating physicians is coded, but the identity of individual patients is not recorded in any manner.  Approximately one year from the publication of the Annual Report, all source documentation is destroyed.  (Emphasis added).[1]
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[1] Oregon Health Authority, “Frequently Asked Questions,” page 2, available at