physician-patient privilege

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physician-patient privilege

n. the right of a physician to refuse to testify in a trial or other legal proceeding about any statement made to him/her by a patient, on the basis that any communication between doctor and patient is confidential. A patient could sue the physician for damages if the doctor breaches the confidence by testifying. Of course, in most trials involving injuries the physician will testify with the plaintiff's permission. Note: when the defendant's physician examines the injured plaintiff, the plaintiff has given permission for that examination and potential testimony, so a plaintiff must be cautious in making statements. (See: confidential communication, privilege)

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In fact, in Chile there are regulations that challenge doctor-patient confidentiality by requiring health professionals to report women who have had an abortion.
Comments shared by an ex-employee with friends on Facebook may breach doctor-patient confidentiality, with liability imputed to the doctor-employer.
While doctor-patient confidentiality is an essential right, the public should be reassured with facts rather than guesswork to prevent general panic.
And, when asked about reporting unsafe drivers, some common concerns were negative impact on the doctor-patient relationship, liability issues, doctor-patient confidentiality and patient's quality of life.
Speaking on condition that the identities of the mobsters are not revealed in line with doctor-patient confidentiality, the doctors have offered rare insights into the secretive, increasingly strung-out world of Italy's centuries-old criminal organisations.
The dilemma is intended to make medical students consider issues like doctor-patient confidentiality, not to produce a right or wrong answer, says MacDorman.
Subsequent to issuing the subpoena, the solicitors for the first defendant wrote to the solicitors for the plaintiff requesting that the plaintiff expressly waive the claim to doctor-patient confidentiality so that they could speak to Dr Sholler regarding the extent of the plaintiff's congenital heart defects and the relationship of those defects to the pulmonary hypertension.
Glasgow University professor Peter Behan denies a charge of gross professional misconduct of breaking doctor-patient confidentiality by telling BBC's Newsnight he was treating a 15-year-old girl for CJD.
It is the kind of information that would never be revealed publicly, because it would fall under doctor-patient confidentiality rules.
This erasure of rights by money extends even into the First Amendment and into doctor-patient confidentiality.
She also accused him of violating the Hippocratic oath guaranteeing doctor-patient confidentiality.
Judge Crow's ruling upholds our argument that the State cannot breach doctor-patient confidentiality just because it has obtained some medical records, and thus the state cannot ask the doctors its questions posed to the court during the hearing.