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3. Confidentiality in Health Care

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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHI1370
Professor
Ken Ferguson
Semester
Winter

Description
Confidentiality in Health Care The Main Issue: Are there any circumstances in whirdit is permissible for HC providers to disclose  information about a patient to 3  parties without the patient’s consent?  If so, when is it permissible? Two Common Mistakes about Confidentiality: Overestimating the strength of the obligation to maintain confidentiality Underestimating the strength of the obligation to maintain confidentiality Edward’s “justifications” of confidentiality: 1) Protect the privacy of the patient. There is certain information about everyone that  we don’t want people to know.  2) Protect the social status of the patient 3) Protect the economic interests of the patient 4) Promote doctor­patient communication 5) Encourage people to seek medical help 6) Promote trust between physician and patient 7) Protect the autonomy of the patient Tacit Promise of Confidentiality: The relationship between HC provider and patient involves
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