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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He refused to provide the judge with information on the health status of the women that he saw, citing doctor-patient privilege.
58) Holding that the psychotherapist-patient privilege "is a narrower version of a broader doctor-patient privilege," the ACCA held that MRE 501 (d) barred the Jaffee psychotherapist-patient privilege in courts-martial.
Havens, the county attorney, who did not return calls for comment, argues that pregnancy test information is not protected by doctor-patient privilege laws because the test could be performed and interpreted by non-medical personnel.
200) The doctor-patient privilege, justifiable under the functionalist rationale, rests on the premise that the responsibilities involved by virtue of the professional position, counseling and treatment, mandate that some kind of confidentiality be maintained and that any threat to that confidentiality would hinder the ability of the professional in her functional role of treating and counseling.
Vogel, who suffers from a host of neuroses, waived his rights to privacy and doctor-patient privilege to allow viewers to see his twice-weekly sessions with therapist-life coach Diane Lang.

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