The Legal And Ethical Duties Medical Professionals

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Part #1: Unqualified Medical Confidentiality
Kipnis contemplates the significance of legal vs ethical duties medical professionals have to their clients. He sides with the need for confidentiality without condition. If conditions exist that make it possible for private information about a patient to be shared with a third party, that patient needs to be informed of this prior to treatment before information is gathered. Kipnis believes the outcome of this would result in two possible groups of people. One is the patient who would disclose information to a third party either doing it themselves or by allowing the professional to do so for them. The second group would be patients not willing to be open and honest with details when they do not wish to have them known. He reasons that if the patient knows that whatever they tell a professional is unconditionally confidential then they are more likely to be forthcoming and honest with details they might otherwise not be. The patient might not tell details necessary for proper diagnosis and treatment or they may not follow through with treatment at all. If the professional has no idea that a third party may need protection, knowledge of the potential threat, at least gives the medical professional an opportunity to try to help or stop the potential injury from happening using means that stop short of disclosing confidential information. Kipnis holds to the concept that the physician has a greater responsibility to…
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