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For questions dealing with medical and healthcare law, such as informed consent, malpractice, and prescription or other medicine.

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Can a debt collector legally demand payment and threaten a credit score effect without validation of the debt until requested?

I live in the state of Maryland. Several years ago I went to the ER to have an injury treated. I presented my insurance at the time of the injury. About a month ago (several years after the ER visit) ...
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Can products meant for inhalation still be considered supplements under FDA guidelines?

Many products such as oxygen, caffeine, and essential oils are are marketed as "supplements" meant for inhalation, yet from what I can find on dietary supplements it seems the FDA requires that ...
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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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Do the HIPAA regulations in the United States prevent medical providers from disclosing relevant health information on patient A to patient B?

If a medical provider is aware of some health information on patient A that can affect patient B, do the HIPAA regulations still prevent the medical provider from conveying that information to patient ...
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Religious exemption to vaccines that relies on preservation of life

Almost every US state allows a religious exemption to vaccination requirements in schools. Some religions are opposed to vaccination as a basic principle (maybe because healing is reserved for God or ...
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Is it legal for an employer to implant chips in the body of employees?

It is being reported in the media that employers in the UK are planning to microchip employees. Can such a procedure be legal? A qualified medical professional would only be allowed to perform the ...
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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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How do I protect my child's assets against medical expenses incurred by their potential guardian?

I am in the process of drafting a will for my estate and would like to designate friends of mine as potential guardians for my children in the event of my death. The concern I have is that my friends ...
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Is a tattoo providing medical instructions legally binding?

This article describes an 81-year-old woman who got a tattoo reading "Don't euthanize me" to express her medical wishes if she were incapacitated. The Calgary grandmother recently had the words “...
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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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Hospital billed me for services that I explicitly refused. Are there any legal ramifications for hospital?

(well, my wife). Background - we lost a pregnancy early this year. Got pregnant again. Wife had some spotting during first trimester, became panicky, and rushed off to a hospital. The main thing ...
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Does HIPAA prevent doctors from sharing statistics?

In the US, where HIPAA prevents doctors from disclosing patient information, can a doctor disclose information about his patients in general, since he's not disclosing information about any specific ...
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Can a medical invoice that was disputed collect interest and be due years later?

This is a bit embarrassing. A couple years ago I had been seeing a specialist doctor. I had been a victim of a crime, so the city/police department was paying for my treatment. It had been my ...
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When are medical students legally allowed to practice in emergency situations?

I was curious to know during which semester of the course are the medical students legally allowed to practice medicine and prescribe medication in case of emergency. Update: For India region Also, ...
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Is it legal to wait for insurance to clear before issuing a medical referral in the US?

My question is on existing laws that require medical providers (primary care physicians) to issue referrals. The current situation is that a friend of mine fractured her shoulder, and was X-rayed at ...
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Am I required to report my Multiple Sclerosis to the DMV?

I was recently told that in every state, you must report to the DMV if you have MS. However, I can not find anything to verify this. Is this correct? Specifically, I live in Alabama, but would be ...
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What organs can hospital patients not take home?

What amputated or removed organs, not limited to limbs, are hospital patients NOT allowed to take home in the U.S.? If the laws vary between states, then I'll focus on Washington State. Can amputees ...
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May I perform medical experimentation on myself without licensure?

I'm a retired cellular biologist and medical researcher whose license has been revoked, but I would like to continue a line of research with myself as my subject/patient. The research involves ...
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Free and informed consent for medical test

My company requires me to have life insurance for which I recently moved out of the provider's "free cover limit". Because of this I now have to submit to certain medical tests in order to have full ...
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Is there a rule for hospitals to hold child birth certificate if bill is not paid?

I have a visitor visa and gave birth at a hospital in Georgia and I couldn't get the birth certificate of my child because I didn't pay the hospital rule. I already talked to the hospital's medical ...
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Picture of a receipt from a Doctor

I had to go several rounds with a doctor's office about them not taking my insurance and them assuring me that the copay would be a certain amount. They then charged me 20x the quoted amount. I didn't ...
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In US, what happens if you owe money to doctor and forget about it?

If I owe money to some family physician or a dentist, but because my phone number has changed I was not able to be contacted by them. What does a doctor/dentist do if I owe them about $500 or so ? Is ...
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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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Can a doctor/nurse legally force me to take a drug test?

I am in California, and had an appointment today to establish care with my new doctor. The nurse checking me in noticed my high blood pressure and sores on my face from psoriasis, both conditions ...
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What would happen if a heathcare provider attempted to bill for a ridiculous (billions) amount?

As far as I can tell, medical providers can perform a service, and then bill you for the cost of that service without telling you the price until you have already consented. There have already been ...
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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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Can an alternative medicine practitioner be held legally responsible for a patient's death?

First a little background, this issue doesn't affect me personally (I'm not a practitioner of alternative medicine or being treated by one). I read a slate article about a woman who was forgoing ...
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Self incrimination during medical examination

If, during a medical examination, an alleged accused says anything that might incriminate himself, it should be neither recorded nor reported.[emphasis mine] source: Synopsis of forensic medicine and ...
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Child attained legal age, do the parents still hold any rights to medical documents from childhood?

Situation A child, let's call him Pete, went to some medical treatment when he was younger than legal age (18). All documents about this treatment were sent to his parents. Pete is now (way) above ...
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Do I have a right to get my son vaccinated against his mother's wishes?

I am in NY state. My partner and I are not married. I am not listed on our son's birth certificate, but he has my last name. My partner is an anti-vaxxer (or whatever non-loaded term is preferred). I ...
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Are UK NHS prescriptions covered by sale of goods act (or equivalent)?

In the UK the NHS provides free-of-charge health care, with a few exceptions e.g. a patient has to pay about £8 per drug on prescription. An NHS doctor prescribes a drug that is unsuitable for a ...
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Liability for paying for medical treatment not agreed upon

I recently scheduled an appointment for a treatment plan (gum graft) that covered only some of the teeth I needed work on. The reason I opted to have only some teeth worked on is that insurance covers ...
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Legality and liability of writing medical software by someone who is not a health care practitioner

Is a person who is a non health care practitioner (NHCP) allowed to write and distribute software for use by NHCPs? If so, will the liability be any different than that of any other software? Let's ...
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Can I have a patent by discovering new application of a chemical compound

A compound called CxHyOz in the history has been discovered as an antibiotic for killing bacteria. But in the future when I discover a new application of it, for example I can use it as an efficient ...
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Can a private business require a doctors note from a customer?

A holiday has been booked and paid for, but due to medical reasons must now be cancelled. The company booked with offers a cancellation fee so that if a booking with them is cancelled, then a full ...
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“due process” hearing concerning returning to work after medical leave [closed]

My wife works at a local university as an accountant. Or perhaps I should say "worked" ... she suffered a brain injury in late December. She has recovered physically for the most part, but still has ...
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Charlie Gard versus Christopher Kerner

I am finding the answer by Dale M. to this question trying. The German pop singer Nena (in much of the world a one-hit wonder but enduringly popular in German-speaking countries) gave birth to a son ...
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Consequences for nurse who helps baby leave with parents against court order

In recent news, Charlie Gard, a child with a rare mitochondrial syndrome, was prevented from seeking experimental treatment in the United States by an array of different courts including the European ...
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Can someone explain what Japanese law says about my medication?

I have a mild form of autism. To treat this I take one 60mg pill of Biphentin every day. Biphentin is "Methylphenidate Hydrochloride", being in the same category as drugs like Ritalin and other ...
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What would happen to Hobby Lobby under Medicare For All?

The Hobby Lobby SCOTUS case, if I'm not mistaken, says a company can manipulate the nature of their employees' health insurance, justifying it by the idea that since they're providing it, they should ...
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Kicked out of doctors office for refusing to allow them to take pictures. is this legal?

I moved this post off the medical stack exchange as it was flagged as off topic so hopefully this is the proper place for it. I have a problem with a thumbnail that has been lingering for months now ...
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What is the 'go' point for organ donation from a registered organ donor?

Assuming a patient is a registered organ donor, at what point their organs can be legally transplanted? Brain death? Clinical death?
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Can a medical professional be liable for not completing a procedure as claimed?

A patient in the United States goes to the dentist for a routine extraction of both bottom wisdom teeth (as explained to him beforehand by the dentist). The patient is put under general anesthesia, ...
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Is a state issued ID required to see a doctor with insurance?

Suppose there is someone who has insurance but they do not have a state issued ID card, let's say they only have a school ID. If this person goes to a doctor's office and shows their school ID and ...
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Is it legal in India to sedate someone without consent and put them in an ambulance?

Suppose you have a family member who has a serious issue (like alcoholism or drug addiction) which they refuse to get help for, and it gets to the point where they pose a serious threat to themselves. ...
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Is it illegal for a consumer to obtain or use a non-FDA approved medical device?

The Freestyle Libre Pro, which is a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, was approved in September 2016 for use by healthcare professionals has not yet been approved for use by consumers, as ...
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Is it legal for “in-network” dentist to send me a bill when insurance company denied claim?

A couple months ago I went to the dentist for a crown, he noticed my jaw clicking and he said that I would need a "occlusal adjustment" to help fix this. Based on what I was told, I was under the ...
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Why is CBD legal in UK, Ireland, etc but it is Illegal to advertise it?

Why can't you advertise CBD on Facebook, Google, etc., considering there is no THC and it is not a drug?
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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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Is there such a thing as a patient bill of rights and is it made into law?

In my life it's unfathomable the amount of money I have had to spend on health care. Out of all of the expenses in my life it is certainly the highest even above my mortgage. Healthcare is an ...