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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Before Jaffee, military courts uniformly rejected any claim of a psychotherapist-patient privilege because the rules did not recognize this privilege and explicitly rejected a doctor-patient privilege.
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.
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While state law does not prohibit law enforcement from obtaining medical records in an investigation, the Florida legislature created a broad doctor-patient privilege and a procedure for obtaining confidential medical information, he said.

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