Breaking Off the Physician-Patient Relationship: Another Legal Hazard
Curran, William J.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1982 Oct 21; 307(17): 1058-1060.
Termination of the physician patient relationship is discussed in light of the case of Moritz v. Medical Arts Clinic. A group of physicians discontinued treatment of a patient by writing her a letter indicating that "past actions" made it difficult for them to continue seeing her, and the patient sued for libel. The trial judge dismissed the lawsuit and required the patient to pay all attorney's fees; the Supreme Court of North Dakota upheld the dismissal but disallowed the fee payment requirement. (KIE abstract)
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