Confidentiality And Truthfulness Between Provider And Patient

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The Meaning of Confidentiality and Truthfulness Between Provider and Patient:
An Examination of Two Medical Cases
Lisa Martinez
HA570: Healthcare Ethics
Kaplan University
30 July 2014

The Meaning of Confidentiality and Truthfulness Between Provider and Patient:
An Examination of Two Medical Cases
The purpose of this paper is to examine two medical cases and answer questions, explain the appropriate ethical course of action and legal requirements for actions in each case. During this paper, confidentiality and truthfulness will be discussed and this writer suggests that further studies should be considered in order to fully understand the ethical/legal relationship between physician and patient in regards medical treatment or procedures. For the purpose of this paper and before reviewing both scenarios, confidentiality and truthfulness will be defined in order to discuss the following medical cases. The philosophy of confidentiality can be understood best by the Hippocratic Oath which says: "Whatever I see or hear in the lives of my patients, whether in connection with my professional practice or not, which ought not to be spoken of outside, I will keep secret, as considering all such things to be private" (Kumar, 2010). There is a strong ethical and legal relationship in medicine in which professionals should always honor confidentiality. The Hippocratic Oath established back in 400 BC is still used today to guide providers and others in medicine to protect…
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