NY Med is in hot water, The hospital featured on the ABC series is being forced to pay $2.2 million dollars for the filming of patients without their permission. The New York Times reported that the filming of the patients continued even after a medical professional at the location asked for the filming to stop. The incident happened in 2011, and the family of one of the patients filed their suit in 2013.
This court decision could have an impact on the future of reality television series, especially those that are filmed live on a location like NY Med. Dr. Joel Geiderman, from Cedar-Sinai in Los Angeles, spoke about the decision. He said:
“I think this will have a chilling effect on hospitals going forward. Any hospital legal counsel worth his salt or any P.R. director would be committing malpractice in order to allow it to occur. It’s now embodied in a federal directive.”
Jocelyn Samuels, from the Office of Civil Rights, also spoke about the lawsuit and fine:
“This case sends an important message that O.C.R. will not permit covered entities to compromise their patients’ privacy by allowing news or television crews to film the patients without their authorization.”
Do you watch NY Med? How do you feel about the practice of filming patients? Is the fine fair? Tell us what you think.