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How is it legal for a hospital to put two patients together in the same room in the US?

As a short answer, guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services has clarified that HIPAA does not require hospitals to provide separate rooms. As a longer answer, HIPAA is very deeply ...
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Why must I consent to treatment at the eye doctor when implied consent is obvious?

If they do a treatment which you didn't consent to and harm you they risk being sued. As such, they get you to sign a consent form to prove you agreed to the treatment and were informed about what was ...
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Do you have the right to demand that a doctor stops injecting a vaccine into your body halfway into the process?

You can request in advance that you get only a half-dose: there is certainly no law prohibiting making a request. They may refuse or they may agree. If they refuse, you can go elsewhere, but you ...
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Can a U.S. President's doctor refuse to answer medical-related questions asked by a Congressional committee?

The Fifth Amendment would not apply, because nothing in the testimony would incriminate the doctor. Indeed nothing would be at all likely to incriminate the President either, it is not a crime to be ...
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Constitutionality of more restrictive bans on assembly

There is a potentially infinite regress of questions regarding the constitutionality of restrictions imposed under these "emergency" circumstances. The basic legal principle is clearly established: ...
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Are partner notification laws in conflict with HIPAA?

No. HIPAA places no limits on who you may share your medical records with - only on those with who your doctors (et al) can share. The HIV laws you refer to, place a positive obligation on you to ...
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Does the New York State Governor have the authority to impose fines?

Public Health Law PBH §12(1) says Any person who violates, disobeys or disregards any term or provision of this chapter or of any lawful notice, order or regulation pursuant thereto for which a ...
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Which level of myopia is the highest possible to be allowed to drive a car?

I've gotten driver's licenses in two states: Ohio and California. Both rely on visual acuity, not your diopters or astigmatism values. Both say 20/40 visual acuity. If you need to wear glasses or ...
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Ex-housemate cancelling NHS appointments (United Kingdom)

I'm not a lawyer, but I am an NHS employee, and can more concretely answer your questions. Has any crime been committed, and if so, is there any point in pursuing this with the police? If so, how ...
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Does the New York State Governor have the authority to impose fines?

Section 29-A of Article 2-B of the Executive section of the New York Consolidated Laws: ...The governor, by executive order, may issue any directive during a state disaster emergency declared in the ...
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Do you have the right to demand that a doctor stops injecting a vaccine into your body halfway into the process?

Practically, it's just not going to work to jump away mid-injection. Anyone with any practice at doing injections is going to press the plunger quickly enough that you're not going to be able to react ...
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Can a Pediatric Dentist Require Conscious Sedation or Refuse Treatement?

A medical practitioner may use whatever methods s/he thinks proper and appropriate, subject to the limits of malpractice law, and to the right of the patient (or patient's parent or guardian for a ...
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Do you have the right to demand that a doctor stops injecting a vaccine into your body halfway into the process?

It wouldn't violate the law to ask the nurse/doctor to stop, or to physically move your arm away. However, yanking your arm while getting an injection isn't a good idea from a safety point of view. ...
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Why must I consent to treatment at the eye doctor when implied consent is obvious?

One vital word is missing from here: informed consent. This means the health care provider has given you the relevant information about risks etc., which is precisely the sort of thing that you wouldn'...
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University dorm serving meat with vegetarian food

The state health codes applicable to food are here esp. ch. V and here. The primary focus of those health codes is preventing the introduction of toxic substances or pathogens. There is obviously no ...
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Is male circumcision without consent and without medical reason legal in France?

Male circumcision is by default legal In France it requires the consent of both parents for children and the subject themselves if an adult. If performed for religious or cultural reasons the risks ...
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Does an employer have to provide employees with access to running water?

Does an employer have to provide drinking water to their employees? Yes they do; consult the Welfare at Work publication by the HSE. It is also stated in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 ...
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Can a Canadian doctor perform RFID chip implantation in a willing subject?

This article from 2007 indicates radio frequency identification microchips are not considered medical devices by Health Canada's Therapeutic Drugs Directorate, so there's no requirement to ...
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Is encrypted health data still considered personal data and subject to GDPR Art. 9 (1)?

Yes, encrypted personal data potentially still is personal data, so some prior thought is necessary. But are you a controller who is processing this personal data? Possibly not. This hinges on what ...
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Is it illegal to share my medical bill online?

It is legal for you to publicly distribute your medical records, and it is legal for you to publicly distribute your bills. Defamation would be a concern only if you make a false statement that does ...
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What rights would a healthy individual have if she ate spoiled food sold by a supermarket?

Assuming that it could be established that the food was in fact spoiled when sold, there is probably a valid claim for the purchase price of the food. Given that no medical effects have been ...
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Are entertainment venues in the US required to make sound level logs publicly available?

The answer depends upon the exact provisions of local government noise ordinances as there are almost never state level noise ordinances. The question doesn't have a consistent answer even at the ...
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Ex-housemate cancelling NHS appointments (United Kingdom)

I'm obviously not a lawyer, nor a UK national, but I'm thinking your options are to start with several documents and sites that guide people who wish to make complaints against the NHS. In reading ...
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How is it legal for a hospital to put two patients together in the same room in the US?

Aside from all else, it's a matter of practicality. For instance ADA requires government facilities to be wheelchair accessible, but many stations in the NYC subway are not because it's impossible - ...
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Gun ownership prior to involuntary commitment

This is a question with a subjective answer, not a legal one. "Should I have to turn in my gun" legally, nobody is forced to turn in their guns because of mental illness. There are fourteen ...
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What can qualify as a terminal illness with respect to assisted suicide?

The law in Washington, RCW 70.245, redined "terminal illness" as an incurable and irreversible disease that has been medically confirmed and will, within reasonable medical judgment, produce ...
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Are hospitals required to provide language interpreters to patients?

Hospitals in the US that receive federal funding (e.g., Medicare, Medicade, FCHIP, etc.) are required to provide language services under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 52 U.S.C. §2000d et ...
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Is it legal for a parent who is against vaccines to prevent their child from receiving the preventative vaccine against rabies?

I'm just asking what the legality is for parents to vaccinate their children against rabies if they were bitten by an animal. Also, would legal implications change if the animal that bit the child ...
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