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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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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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Risks of Working for Medical Marijuana Company

Some states allow marijuana for medical use and recreational use, although it is still illegal federally. Is there any risk at going to work for one of these companies? If so is there a difference ...
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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I'm a retired cellular biologist and medical researcher whose license has been revoked, but I would like to continue a line of research with myself as my subject/patient.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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Could a charity manufacture patented medications for free?

Let's say there is a patented medication that is very effective and very expensive at the pharmacy, say $1,000/dose. But also assume that the medicine only costs $1 to formulate - most of the "cost" ...
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Can a vaccine be required by law?

This question came up because I read that Bolsonaro, Brazil's president, was criticized by the opposition for saying that COVID-19 vaccinations won't be mandatory. The opposition said that the vaccine ...
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Can doctor's offices withhold test results for some length of time?

Massachusetts/USA here. I had a EMG a few days ago and scheduled a followup with my doctor for later in the month (about 3 weeks from now). I am very anxious to hear the results. I just called and ...
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Can a prisoner choose not to be autopsied after execution or is it a legal requirement?

I'm a writer so I've been trying to do some research for one of my MCs who ends up getting executed but has the ability to come back from the dead, preferably with a body intact so an Autopsy isn't ...
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Am I legally obligated to pay for a medical bill?

During an annual checkup, my doctor requested blood work to be done, he told me there would be no charge. I later received a bill for the blood work for an amount I never consented to. I was told it ...
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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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Practicing medicine across state lines

An answer to a question on MedicalSciences.SE prompts my question. Suppose I live in Wisconsin and I fly to Texas to undergo a procedure with a specialist there (I chose the states arbitrarily; I'm ...
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Does HIPAA require a secondary physician to share results with your primary?

NY state here. If I go to get a second opinion from a physician other than my primary, are there any regulations (HIPAA or otherwise) that require that 2nd physician to share consultation notes/lab ...
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What Happens to Abandoned Infant Citizenship?

In the United States, you are considered a U.S. Citizen just by being born in the United States. However, I imagine that there are situations where there is no proof that a child was born in the ...
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Can a dentist charge for a treatment without written paperwork?

I just came back from a dentist appointment. I signed a paperwork that says two inlays and three onlays. When I was under local anesthesia for deep cleaning, my dentist told me that he/she found one ...
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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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Bill of Rights protection against mandatory vaccination?

Does the the "privacy" protection afforded by the Bill of Rights covers unwanted medical treatments, including unwanted drug taking, notably mandatory vaccines?