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Please answer! what safeguards are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients 'rights to privacy are not violated?

Please answer! what safeguards are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients 'rights to privacy are not violated?

Wrong forum: You can check your local medical board and insurance companies for the policies about this. But your question is so big it is impossible to answer within our 400 character limit. ...Read more

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What precautions are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients' rights to privacy are not violated?

What precautions are taken to ensure that HIV positive patients' rights to privacy are not violated?

Violations very rare: There are strong laws to prevent inappropriate disclosure of HIV status (or other medical information), including the Privacy Rule of the fedeeral Heaith Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) http://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/ All states also have their own laws, and the fines are very high, often $5,000 or more. Violations almost never happen. Contact the health dept for local details. ...Read more

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Do Pharmacies give patients prescription brand based on their insurance? Do patients have rights to reject if they feel prescription a discrimination?

Do Pharmacies give patients prescription brand based on their insurance? Do patients have rights to reject if they feel prescription a discrimination?

1-Unlikely. 2-Yes.: A patient can ask for the brand of medication he desires, as long as it matches the prescription. One can just ask the pharmacist what brand he stocks and how long it takes to get a specially requested brand. This would be a custom, personalized service, so be sure to pay in advance the full cost of the pharmacist's ordering a single item, the cost of the drug, etc... One need not use insurance. ...Read more

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Do patients have any rights to request money back on a dental bridge that has been redone 3 times and still doesn't fit.

Do patients have any rights to request money back on a dental bridge that has been redone 3 times and still doesn't fit.

Compromise?: I always feel that the public should not make judgments on court cases not actually being in the court seeing & hearing all the testimony in person. Similarly, we as dentists on this site are not privy to all that has expired & why in your case. It is always best to try to work out an equitable compromise between dentist & patient when something goes wrong. As an alternative consider peer review. ...Read more

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What rights does a living will give a patient?

What rights does a living will give a patient?

THE RIGHT TO: Dictate how and what you want at the end of your life, medical issues wise. ...Read more

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Which are my rights as a patient in arizona?

Inpatient vs ?: Check out http://www.azdhs.gov/azsh/patient-family/patient-rights.htm for starters if hospitalized. ...Read more

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If prescribed lorazapam without any info or warnings and patient has extream side effect what r your legal rights?

If prescribed lorazapam without any info or warnings and patient has extream side effect what r your legal rights?

Not : Sure why prescribed a medicine without discussing its effects or reason they were giving it to you. Also not sure of reaction. I would discuss the situation with a doctor. Just to make sure correct treatment was offered. If not comfortable with present doctor change it up. Plenty good doctors out there ...Read more

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What are my rights as a patient when the dr. I visited at an urgent care facility that i was sent to by my employer was difficult to communicate with?

Go to another one: You have the right to complete care in any medical setting, to the extent that you understand everything that is happening with you. If the doc you saw is so hard to understand that you leave scratching your head, then you have not been served well. If you have the luxury to be in a facility with several providers, ask for one that you can understand completely. No excuse for money spend/no answer. ...Read more

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What measures are conventionally used to "measure" a patient's pain?

Pain scales...: There are different ways to measure pain. If the patient is alert/able to speak coherently, etc. , they are asked to rate their pain on a scale of 0-10 where 0 is no pain and 10 is the worst pain you've ever had. If a person is unable to do this, a behavior scale can be used which is based on facial expressions like grimacing. ...Read more

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Is there any good, consistent data that show emr's improve patient disease outcomes?

Is there any good, consistent data that show emr's improve patient disease outcomes?

None whatsoever: Current studies and data analysis show that EMRs do not improve disease outcomes. There seems to be no positive effect of these computer systems on health. They are good for data mining which might help in the future but the data mining currently is by regulators and insurance companies trying to save money. ...Read more

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