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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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Nutrition support for patient s/p Whipple.

Nutrition support for patient s/p Whipple.

Short term;long term: If no j-tube (feeding tube), oral diet will be started with clear liquids & slowly advance to solid food. Eating small, frequent (6-8) meals is usually a good idea as is avoiding greasy and fried foods. Gradually increase raw fruits and vegetables. 8-10 cups water/day, but limit liquids with meals. Consider high calorie beverages: smoothies/supplement drinks. Pancreatic enzymes/vits may be needed ...Read more

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What causes uncontrolled urination in elders ? P.S the patient has diabetes

What causes uncontrolled urination in elders ? P.S the patient has diabetes

Diabetes: Poorly controlled diabetes can affect nerves to the bladder. Patients have trouble urinating and emptying their bladder completely. This causes frequent urination. ...Read more

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How can a clinician assess a patient’s pain?

How can a clinician assess a patient’s pain?

Thorough history: Answers that patients give concerning their pain can vary from day to day, hour to hour. A thorough history is critical, even to a point of having a patient keep a pain diary. Listening to the patient is imperative and then an exam with further tests can follow if necessary. ...Read more

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I am s depraishion patient wat I do to be happy&confidece.

I am s depraishion patient wat I do to be happy&confidece.

Simple...: Simple see a PMD. Depending on your situation....Antidepressant / CBT or both will help. ...Read more

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I s am an existing patient, needing an apt ?

Online appt: It would be my pleasure to have a virtual appointment with you. Please go to the following link to set up an appointment or leave an inbox consult. Perhaps 9 am Tuesday morning or some other time would be good. However, I will not be available Wed morning this week. http://www.healthtap.com/drharoldmandel ...Read more