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Medical Law and Ethi

Quiz 1 Terms

Agent A person with the legal right to speak/act on behalf of another person is legally responsible for the actions and/or statements made by the agent on his behalf.
Breach The breaking or violating of a law, promise, contract or duty.
Civil Law The laws of a state or nation which deal with the enforcement of civil rights. Disputes between citizens; violation of rights by one person to another.
Common Law Unwritten law that is based on customs or court decisions.
Confidential Relationship A relationship in which one cannot reveal information given to him by another without the express consent (permission) of the other, unless required by law.
Criminal Law Laws that pertain to crime and it's punishments.
Doctrine of Respondeat Superior "The Law of Agency" - The doctor is principle; you are his agent.
Ethics A set of behavioral/moral standards formed by a particular group or profession which attempts to govern the actions or behavior of the members of that group.
Felony A crime more serious than a misdemeanor. (murder, rape)
Good Samaritan Law Laws exempting physicians and other medical professionals from liability for treatment given in accident cases.
Grievance Committee Group established by the local medical society who hear and investigate complaints about physicians in the area regarding professional care or excessive fees charged.
Implied Consent To give consent by inference or action but without the express statement. (Putting your arm out for venipuncture)
Informed Consent To give consent, having full knowledge of the matter at hand and the dangers that may be involved (written).
Medical Practice Acts State laws which govern the methods and requirements in gaining a license to practice medicine. Includes what a physician can practice in his field (specialty) and grounds for suspension or revocation of license.
Morbidity The relative incidence of disease. (how often is it happening).
Principles of Medical Ethics Ten section code condensed by the AMA in 1957 to aid the physician to individually and collectively maintain a high level of ethical conduct.
Reciprocity The acceptance of one state's standards as at least equal to or superior to their own.
Revocation The cancellation or summoning back of a license/act. (taking license away, not getting it back).
Statute Any written law.
Tort A civil wrong. (malpractice or negligence).
Created by: wenchie040