physician-patient privilege

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Noun1.physician-patient privilege - the right of a physician to refuse to divulge confidential information from a patient without the consent of the patient
privilege - (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
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Gaetz said, "We all believe in doctor-patient confidentiality and the doctor-patient privilege, but that privilege is intended to be a shield, not a sword.
Defence attorneys want to examine the notebook but do not t want it admitted as evidence on the grounds that it is s protected by doctor-patient privilege.
Orman said if mental health becomes an issue Holmes will have to waive any doctor-patient privilege and prosecutors will gain access to the notebook.
Even the Bioethics Committee of the Physician's Union in the Medical School--in other words, all of the country's top medical professionals--issued a statement explaining that doctor-patient privilege is a duty and that all doctors owe this confidentiality to their patients.

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