Privacy and confidentiality: The doctor’s obligations

Ian Freckelton SC

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At the heart of the relationship of trust between a medical practitioner and their patient, is the obligation on the part of the practitioner to keep confidentialwhat they learn in the course of providing professional services and to refrain from generating collateral benefit from what they have learned. The long-standing obligation of doctor-patient confidentiality has been significantly modified to allow, and on some occasions to mandate, practitioners to provide information to facilitate patients,’ third parties,’ and the general community’s health and safety. This chapter reviews such obligations and the legal context in which they have been tested.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegal and Forensic Medicine
EditorsRoy G. Beran
Place of PublicationBerlin Germany
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783642323386
ISBN (Print)9783642323379
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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