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Questions tagged [health]

Questions relating to the practice of medicine or provision of healthcare

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Malpractice lawsuit for seizure (potentially) caused by vaccination [on hold]

I am somebody who (due to a condition called a cavernous angioma) has suffered from epilepsy (mostly partial-onset seizures and, as of Tuesday, 4 grand-mal seizures) for all of my post-pubescent life (...
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Do I have to pay the dental bill that is much higher than estimate?

I got a crown and the color was different from other teeth. The dentist wrote to me that he would remake the crown free of charge. After starting the remaking process, he said his time was free but ...
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Does a medical center's acceptance of a partial payment imply establishment of a payment plan?

Related: Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital? After my wife went to the doctor I received a bill that I considered wholly ...
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Is it legal to sell gases for human consumption (as supplements or otherwise) such as oxygen, nitrogen, or nitrous oxide

This question is based on the FDA's Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, where they list medical gases as being regulated by the FDA. There is ambiguity, however, as the act puts an emphasis on high ...
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How to get my Hospital bill settled down for a service that I didn't receive?

Last January, I was very sick from a common cold that I could barely drive myself to Hospital. I somehow pulled myself to the Hospital gates and had a checkup with the Physician there. They check me,...
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Why are toxicology reports made public?

The recent news on Mac Miller's cause of death reminded me that I'm always puzzled when toxicology reports are made public. Is this mandated, and if so, is it by state or federal law? Why? Otherwise,...
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Can i create a software which can store doctor prescription?

I have developed a software which can store doctors prescription digitally. wondering if there would any legal complications on it. Any laws preventing that sort of software/practice in united states. ...
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Can a health provider (physical or mental) contact my family to ask them questions without my permission?

Can a health provider (physical or mental) contact my family to ask them questions about me without my consent? Can they do it if they don't disclose their reasoning or any medical information and ...
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How much privacy about my health am I giving up if I participate in my employer's wellness screening program?

My employer is having a "Wellness Screening Fair" where you can receive free testing for things like cholesterol and insulin, and I imagine advice about how to interpret the results. Sounds good.. But ...
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Hospital refuses to allow me to talk to their billing department - are there any laws/regulations that I can use to help them change their minds?

Background here: Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital?. In short, my wife visited a hospital and was grossly mis-billed. In total ...
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Acupuncture in Alabama

I was reading online and apparently Alabama doesn't require any license to become an acupuncturist. Does this mean legally I could open my own practice with minimal training?
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Are there legal labelling requirements regarding the “moisture-wicking” property claimed for certain fabrics?

Or can I just claim that any fabric is moisture-wicking? Could I sell a garment advertising that it wicks moisture into outer-space, using technology developed by astronauts? While protecting the ...
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In California, are online blood testing sites legal?

In California, state law says blood tests may only be requested by a doctor, not the consumer. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=BPC&sectionNum=1288.&...
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How is it legal for a hospital to put two patients together in the same room in the US?

In the United States we have HIPAA regulations in place to (among other things) prevent healthcare providers, insurance providers, and any other entity that handles medical information from leaking ...
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Do hospitals have to provide wheelchairs to patients and visitors?

I was performing a project at a hospital on the number of missing wheelchairs. Must hospitals provide wheelchairs at the entrance per ADA regulation or some other regulation?
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Do hospitals have to provide wheelchairs at the entrance to patients and visitors? [duplicate]

I was performing a project at the hospitals and the number of missing wheelchairs, I was just wondering if hospitals must provide wheelchairs at the entrance per ADA regulation or some other ...
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Health Care Legal Parents But Prevent Representation

My father is catholic and doesn't believe in divorce which means although my parents haven't lived with each other for years they are legally married. I am on their health care plan still but do not ...
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How do you force someone to sue you?

I have a bill from a health care provider that I did go to but they are charging me for services I did not receive. They will not agree that they did not provide these services and continue to bill me....
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Is the California court ruling that coffee can increase cancer risk justified?

A court in California ruled against companies that may have to put a warning that tells customers there is a possible cancer risk linked to coffee by saying the companies "failed to meet their burden ...
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To what extent is it legal for health insurance companies to take into account cost when deciding whether to cover a particular treatment?

I'm trying to determine if insurers in the US are legally allowed to make a decision not to cover a treatment based on the high cost, even if the treatment is medically effective (and may even be life ...
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Does the failure to honour an express refusal invalidate prior claims of having implied consent?

Suppose a local health district (LHD) has used a patient's electronic medical record (eMR) for training purposes. Upon learning that they have done this, the patient is displeased and tells them so. ...
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Is there a country that legally requires parents to donate blood to their children?

The question is, as indicated in the title, whether there's a law anywhere in the world that would require parents - explicitly or implicitly - to donate blood (or even organs) to their children if ...
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Secular Health Care Sharing

My goal is to provide the most affordable health insurance plan or health insurance alternative for freelance workers nationwide. The Affordable Care Act made members of Health Care Sharing ...
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Can I offer a health insurance plan only to freelance workers?

My goal is to provide the most affordable health insurance plan or health insurance alternative for freelance workers nationwide in the USA. The Affordable Care Act prohibits discrimination on the ...
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Is it against HIPAA law for a high school to keep records of a mental health survey administered to all students?

At my son's high school, the administration administered a "Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire" (SDQ) during class, which posed statements such as "I am often unhappy, depressed or tearful" and ...
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UK: What are my rights if i'm woken by construction work, or roadworks at night?

A while back I was woken by some workmen repairing metal railings on the side the road next to my house. This occurred at around 1:30 am, I brashly asked the workmen to stop. To which they complied. ...
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Are partner notification laws in conflict with HIPAA?

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requires health care providers only share medical information with family members under the patient's consent. However regarding HIV/AIDS ...
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EU regulation for medical device communication encryption

In the US, HIPAA mandates that data communication with patient or healthcare data must be done according to FIPS 140-2 (pdf). E.g. use AES encryption with 128 bit keys or greater to encrypt. Are ...
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Ex-housemate cancelling NHS appointments (United Kingdom)

For a year or so, my wife and I lived in a shared household with largely random people in the UK. We did not get on well with one individual, and after a year we chose to move out into our own place. ...
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Why doesn't caffeine come with a drowsiness warning?

Recent studies have proven that regular use of caffeine and subsequent omission or withdrawal results in drowsiness and inattention - (due to changes in the brain to increase the number of sleepiness ...
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Is it legal to publish others' private health data?

Suppose someone finds private health data about themselves online, identifying them by name and by specific family information. The person does not recall signing anything that gives anyone ...
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Advice on second-hand smoking in apartment building (USA)

I live in an apartment building in the State of New Jersey, USA area. A neighbor living a floor above me smokes cigarettes all day on his balcony. The smoke consistently travels down and through my ...
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What are the restrictions for sales to raise revenue for non-profits?

We are located in New Jersey USA and are considering forming a non-profit for Internet based on-line health care and consulting. We are not involved in politics and will not be making any political ...
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Can a college force you to use their health center?

I am a Junior in college and I have a history of mental health hospitalizations while in college. I went to the hospital earlier this semester because I didn't realize I was having a panic attack. ...
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Liability with Medical Interpreters?

I'm working on a project for school about machine translation for physicians. I'm having trouble finding information about liability in regards to medical interpreters. Basically, if a translator ...
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Are police officers required to wear masks and protective gear when disposing of illegal cannabis?

I'm hoping someone here can help me identify a potential OSHA violation. In these pictures the Kentucky State Police Cannabis Suppression Branch has went on somebody's land and destroyed some cannabis ...
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What is the penalty for not complying with a quarantine order?

According to the CDC, in most US states, breaking a quarantine order is a criminal misdemeanor. If someone broke a quarantine order, what would be done? Since the person is still contagious, would ...
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Under HIPAA, do I have the legal right to see the electronic records themselves?

According to US Health and Human Services, if my provider keeps an electronic medical record, I have the right to view an electronic copy of my records. However, this guidance is unclear on one thing: ...
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Why can a medical score get a protection by copyright?

I came across a case where a Doctor A found a new medical score calculation which was used by another Doctor B with no permission. Let's try to explain the situation (EDIT+++) : Doctor A published ...
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Who is responsible for an intra-hospital ambulance?

Several months ago, I went to the emergency room. I called an ambulance, which took me to Local Hospital (Branch A). While there, the hospital said they did not have the facilities to treat me, and ...
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Placed on 24 hour shift under National Minimum Wage (UK)

A friend of mine works in a care home for young adults with severe learning difficulties. These people need 24-hour care. She is paid approximately £7 per hour. She has today been placed on a rota ...
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Taking control of an adult's healthcare

John Smith is over 18 but under 26. He lives with his parents in California. He has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder with possible comorbid psychological disorders. John has been hospitalized ...
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Can HIPPA be waived by contract with doctor and what constitutes one's 'medical status'?

I was at a doctor’s office, and in all of those forms was something that said something along the lines of I authorize the doctor to discus my medical status as his patient with government agencies. ...
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Can a specialist in a healthcare facility refuse to accept a previously discharged patient? (Tenn.)

Consider a person had been to a specialist practice facility (say facility A) for a medical concern. Unhappy with the specific doctor, he/she decides to leave the facility and look for a new facility (...
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Do pharmacies have the legal obligation to keep the prescription for 10 years in the United States?

Do pharmacies have the legal obligation to keep the prescription for 10 years in the United States? I am mostly interested for in the states of California, and Massachusetts. I am asking as this was ...
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Can a physician refuse to transfer records directly to another provider?

I understand that as a patient, I have the right under HIPAA to request a personal copy of my medical records at a reasonable per-page cost. I've received a letter from my physician's office stating ...
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What is the difference between “controlled substance” and “needing a prescription”?

I was prescribed a medication. The doctor said it was not a controlled substance. Why did he write a prescription? If it's not controlled couldn't I just go to the pharmacist and ask for the ...
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Can a Canadian doctor perform RFID chip implantation in a willing subject?

I want to get an RFID chip implanted in my hand for practical and entertainment purposes. I am a adult 100% aware of the risks and willing to undergo the (very minor) surgery, in which the small tag ...
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Does an employer have to provide employees with access to running water?

Suppose the water supply to the office block ceased, including tap water and bathroom facilities. The reason for the water supply discontinuing is unknown and there has been no communication on the ...
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Can a patient record interactions with their care providers under HIPAA?

A friend of mine is currently in a hospital where the staff have told her (verbally) on multiple occasions that "her stay will be covered by her insurance". Yet, she received several thousand dollars ...