Medical Information Should Not Be Restricted

939 WordsMay 4, 20164 Pages
Every person has the right of keeping his/her personal information confidential especially about medical conditions. Medical information should be restricted only to the concerned doctor who is authorized to maintain the health record. However, in certain circumstances it becomes necessary for the physician to break this law if it is for the benefit of the patient. Patient confidentially can be described as; medical information should not be disseminated by the doctor and disclosed to any other person or organization until or unless there are specific circumstances requiring distribution of the information or permission has been obtained from patients for disclosure of information. Patients generally anticipate that their personal and medical information will be kept secret by the doctors and as such it becomes obligatory for the doctors to perform the duty of confidentiality. All types of information shared by the patients and provided to doctors should be handled carefully and every possible measure should be adopted for protecting such information. In this regard, latest technological advancements are highly supportive for the doctors to maintain confidentiality. The duty of confidentiality is, in fact, a binding contract between the doctor and patient, whether or not such contract is available in written or verbal form. This binding contract forms the basis of relationship between doctor and patient. Moreover, under this relationship it is necessary and compulsory for
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