Proposals in NSW to force someone who spits at or bites a frontline worker to be tested for HIV and other blood-borne viruses are a real problem - for workers and the public.
People are reflected on a volunteer’s sunglasses outside a neighborhood alley in Beijing that is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 1, 2020.
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Some measures taken in China to contain the COVID-19 outbreak have raised concerns about patient privacy. As other countries bring in containment measures, will patient privacy be compromised?
Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover as an assistant nurse for her series on conditions at Melbourne Hospital.
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A passionate crusader for the rights of women and children, Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover to investigate their treatment in public institutions and testified before a Royal Commission.
What rights do you have when discussing medical treatments or test results with your doctor?
It’s all very well having rights. But what do these rights really mean when you’re with your GP, in hospital or in a nursing home?
‘The Plantation,’ oil on wood, ca. 1825.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Slaves were involved in medical experimentation in the 1700s – both as sources of knowledge and as nonconsenting participants.
Decreased regulation has failed to reduce the growing administrative burden of health care.
GOP lawmakers say their bills to replace the Affordable Care Act would do a better job than the ACA of controlling rising health care costs, but 40 years of deregulation show it just won’t work.
Obama annually welcomed students to the White House with their Science Fair projects.
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The outgoing president leaves behind some solid accomplishments in the world of science, tech and medicine. But the biggest departure from his predecessors might have been in his approach.
Frank and open discussions.
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Doctor sick notes could be disclosed to employers without endangering confidentiality.
The doctor will see you now.
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You can make decisions about your health, but only if you have all the options.
Doctors can’t always know best.
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The law of consent to medical procedures is (to paraphrase legal philosopher HLA Hart) “tantalisingly obscure”. Narrowly interpreted, the law sets out a professional standard regarding the risks a medical…