Question regarding patient's rights
fgarbrec at POST.ITS.MCW.EDU
Mon Feb 15 17:57:36 EST 1993
Medical records are confidential, but in general, the physician may
release the contents of a patients records with the patients permission.
I cannot think of any legitimate reason why a physician would refuse to
release records when the patient has requested their release. The exact
details of what constitutes 'permission' may vary with local custom,
hospital policy and laws.
Medical College of Wisconsin
fgarbrec at post.its.mcw.edu
On 14 Feb 1993 HWONG at ocvaxa.cc.oberlin.edu wrote:
> Date: 14 Feb 1993 22:50:04 -0400 (EDT)
> From:HWONG at ocvaxa.cc.oberlin.edu
> To: bioforum at net.bio.net
> Subject: Question regarding patient's rights
> I have a question concerning the rights of a patient(and doctor).
> Here is the situation: A teenage male is applying to college. He wishes
> to report his medical condition to the colleges by requesting his doctor to
> write a letter. After visiting his doctor and asking for the note, the
> doctor refused saying that his medical records were "confidential"
> and that disclosing these records might jeopardize his practice. Essentially,
> the doctor is protecting himself by withholding this information. Does the
> doctor have the right to do this? What is the current policy regarding
> confidentiality? How much access does a patient have over his medical records?
> If anyone knows this information could they send their replies either
> to the list or my address?
> Also, does anyone know the number of the AMA in which this information *
> be obtained?
> Thanks in advance,
> Brian Wong
> Hwong at ocvaxa.cc.oberlin.edu
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