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Can a doctor refuse to honor advance directive?

Can a doctor refuse to honor advance directive?

No: I wouldn't think so providing it was done in right mind and with a witness. ...Read more

Advance Directive (Definition)

An advance health care directive, also known as living will, personal directive, advance directive, or advance decision, is a set of written instructions that a person gives that specify what actions should be taken for their health if they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity. The instruction appoints someone, usually called an agent, ...Read more


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Can a parent legally override a team physician's decision to not allow a child to return to sports?

Can a parent legally override a team physician's decision to not allow a child to return to sports?

No: The team physician is a representative of the school district and follows their guidelines.It is a privilege to play on a school team and not a right. The point though is answering the question as to why you would let them play if the doctor thinkes there is a problem! why risk their health? ...Read more

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Do doctors care if a patient brings a guest to their appointment?

Do doctors care if a patient brings a guest to their appointment?

Most don't mind: Most doctors probably don't mind if you bring a guest to your appointment; besides, it is your appointment. But...By you bringing a guest, you must also realize that your guest may hear personal information about you that you may not want them to hear. Additionally, although you and your doctor would certainly keep info confidential, are you sure your guest would adhere to confidentiality as well? ...Read more

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Could a psychologist refuse to provide therapy/counsel to a patient if he refuses to take a drug?

Could a psychologist refuse to provide therapy/counsel to a patient if he refuses to take a drug?

Yes: Many psychologists refuse to see patients with severe pathology who are not medicated, especially if there is a great deal of risk of harm to self or others, This gets assessed for immediately during the first session, also known as an intake. ...Read more

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Going to a adolescent medicine physician. What to expect? Mom allowed in the room?

Going to a adolescent medicine physician. What to expect? Mom allowed in the room?

Initially.: A good adolescent medicine physician (and this goes for peds and fam med docs) will try to foster communication between the parent and teen. How they do this depends on each doctor's style. Some will meet with both parent and teen together, then ask the parent to leave to have a one-on-one. Depending on state laws, a teen may be able to see the doc without their parent present. ...Read more

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Can you refuse to see a client who consistently misses appointments?

Can you refuse to see a client who consistently misses appointments?

Yes: Yes as long as you notify him/her in writing and give enough time to find another provider and send a letter by registered post return receipt. The other way is to tell face to face and have witnesses and give reasonable time to find another provider.You have to provide emergency care in that time frame. ...Read more

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Would you tell the police if another doctor is assisting a patient to commit suicide?

Would you tell the police if another doctor is assisting a patient to commit suicide?

Complex question: Hello, i trained in detroit right about the time of the dr kevorkian was going thru his trial. I guess i would have mixed feelings about assisted suicide however if i had all the medical facts and the patient was truly suffering i would not turn the doctor in if i was confident that all avenues of treatment were exhausted, the patient was in a sound mind, and the family was in agreement. ...Read more

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Is a primary doctor to allowed to give me anti depressants?

Is a primary doctor to allowed to give me anti depressants?

Yes : If your pcp sees you and determines that you need antidepressant medication, he/she can prescribe it. ...Read more

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Can you talk about child abuse to a psychiatrist, or is he forced to report it to the law?

Can you talk about child abuse to a psychiatrist, or is he forced to report it to the law?

Protect The Innocent: If you tell your psychiatrist that you are abusing a child or if you are under 18 and being abused, in the state of california, your doctor is legally obligated to report such abuse to the authorities.  if you simply know of an abusive situation, this is not reported, but i would encourage you to report it yourself. I would image each state has similar legislation. Protect the innocent! ...Read more

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How do I legally help a sick family member who wants to create dnr status for future hospital stays?

It is called: An "advanced directive", and it is wise to do so. Most hospitals can provide help, but your own attorney can do this, provide notarized copies (get plenty) for the ems, er, and hospital record. ...Read more

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Decided not to breastfeed. Can hospital refuse to give me formula? (can't bring own, so this means i will be forced to breastfeed?).

Decided not to breastfeed. Can hospital refuse to give me formula? (can't bring own, so this means i will be forced to breastfeed?).

Sounds strange: Parents have to bring a carseat (not provided by the hospital) and clothes plus a little blanket (also not given by the hospital), so it sounds too strange that the parents are not allowed to bring formula. Maybe the parents can quietly bring in a bottle of formula and not tell anyone. ...Read more

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Can a hospital refuse to release patients who want to leave?

Hospitals: Patients can sign themselves out against medical advice if they are not minors, are not danger to themselves or others and are able to care for themselves. ...Read more

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Advice i may give to someone undergoing their first colonoscopy.

Advice i may give to someone undergoing their first colonoscopy.

Relax: Remind them of the benefit of the procedure and that they will get sedation for the procedure. Warn them about the prep the day before. And remind them to bring their sense of humor. ...Read more

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Why do doctors ask to see medical records before they will accept you as a new patient , what are they looking for refusing to take you as a patient?

Why do doctors ask to see medical records before they will accept you as a new patient , what are they looking for refusing to take you as a patient?

Benefit Analysis: Weighing whether they can help you, weighing the cost to their reputation, impact on yours, and their qualitity of life. By taking on a potentially difficult situation, or patient, that others have already been unsuccessful in trying to help, the doctor is exposing themselves to potential harm if they fail or success if the perception/reality about their care for you exemplary .Is it worth it? ...Read more

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I can't speak withmd when i call the office.Her staff restricts my access to her.Should i report this to the medical board?Her pa wants to diagnose me

I can't speak withmd when i call the office.Her staff restricts my access to her.Should i report this to the medical board?Her pa wants to diagnose me

Physician offices: Absolutely not. When she is in the office she is working. She is seeing patients. There is no way to get a doctor on the phone when they have a schedule to keep and to see the patients in the office with appointments. Some doctors accept email and some prefer you to make an appointment. Some people choose their physicians based on this kind of access. But, you cannot just call up a doctor. ...Read more

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Would doctors have to heed a dnr order from someone who is suicidal?

Very touchy: A lot would depend on local laws, what the medical power of attorney says, and the reason for the resuscitation. If the person is down because of a suicide attempt, that can be murky, but if they are suicidal and suffer another affliction requiring resuscitation and they have a dnr, then it should be heeded. If there is any question, the hospital has resources to help. ...Read more

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How can I communicate with my doctor about absolute privacy?The office staff restrict my access to md.Should i report this to the medical board?

How can I communicate with my doctor about absolute privacy?The office staff restrict my access to md.Should i report this to the medical board?

Culture of Medicine: The only way to have privacy is to make an appointment and go in person to see your physician. I find it extremely bizarre that you would want to first talk to your physician and in the same breath want to punish them for doing their job. This is bizarre thinking. Perhaps you should ask your friends what they do to see their physicians. ...Read more

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Is my physician allowed to speak with the police about my treatment, or give them my records without a warrant or court order?

Is my physician allowed to speak with the police about my treatment, or give them my records without a warrant or court order?

Depends...: If you mean your primary dr, unless certain forms of abuse are suspected, then no. If in the er, it depends on why there--gun shot or stab wounds, fatal car accidents, or similar situations have less privacy rights due to the time sensitive needs of law enforcement, but disclosure is limited. ...Read more

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Can a doctor refuse to honor advance directive?

No: I wouldn't think so providing it was done in right mind and with a witness. ...Read more