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Medical Treatment and the Physician’s Legal Duties

  • Marshall B. Kapp

Abstract

In the course of obtaining medical care, the older patient enters into a relationship with one or more physicians, professional staff working under the physician’s control, and frequently health care entities through which or in which the health care is delivered. These relationships may be described as both contractual (i.e., based on a mutual exchange of promises) and fiduciary (i.e., based on the necessary trust that accompanies the patient’s reliance on the more knowledgeable and powerful health care provider). Under either of these characterizations, the relationships that are formed entail a variety of legal obligations on the part of the physician. These duties are enforceable, and their violation may lead to adverse legal and financial consequences for the physician.

Keywords

Nursing Home Advance Directive Protective Service Court Order Social Service Agency 
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