Our local newspaper recently ran an article on the top of its front page, stating that our monopoly health system is now “expanding health care cost discounts.”  The article was actually a press release - free advertising on the front page. As a primary care physician who refers patients to this health system, I wanted to know what these discounts really meant. So, I asked the newspaper in an editorial, “what ...

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Patient confidentiality is an important principle that most physicians still respect. Patients trust physicians not to reveal their private, medical information to others. They expect that physicians will adhere to the Hippocratic ethic followed for thousands of years that states: "What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men … I will keep to ...

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