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Legislative Interference with the Patient–Physician Relationship

New England Journal of MedicineOctober 18, 2012Articles

In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, national professional organizations stand up for trust in the physician-patient relationship.

Laws that specifically dictate or limit what physicians discuss during health care encounters also undermine the patient–physician relationship. Physicians must have the ability and freedom to speak to their patients freely and confidentially, to provide patients with factual information relevant to their health, to fully answer their patients’ questions, and to advise them on the course of best care without the fear of penalty.

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