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MH0058-Legal Aspects in Healthcare Administration

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Master of Business Administration - MBA Semester 4
MH0058-Legal Aspects in Healthcare Administration-4 Credits
(Book ID: B1322)
Assignment (60 Marks)
Note: Answers for 10 marks questions should be approximately of 400 words. Each question is
followed by evaluation scheme. Each Question carries 10 marks 6 X 10=60.
Q1. What is professional secrecy? Discuss the exceptions to the rule of confidentiality.
Answer. Someone who is bound by professional secrecy cannot tell anyone what has been entrusted
to him or what he has found out in the execution of his duties. The oath of secrecy of medical
doctors, lawyers, notaries etc. can be lifted by a judge in view of the common good. The professional
secrecy of a Roman Catholic priest, including the secret of the confessional, cannot be lifted by a
judge (only by the Pope).
Q2. Explain the following concepts:
(a). Accountability to patients
(b). Vicarious liability.
Answer. (a) Accountability to patients
Comprising physicians from around the state and numerous specialties, and including legal experts
and patient safety advocates from the consumer and hospital arenas, the Workgroup has crafted a
long-term strategy to achieve these ends:
To pursue as a high priority and as an important component of health care reform, the re-design of
patient safety systems through approaches that unify all stakeholders in health care delivery and
make Colorado the safest state in the nation in which to receive medical care.
Q3. Which are the 3 types of inquest’s in India? Explain.
Answer. An inquest is a judicial inquiry in common law jurisdictions, particularly one held to
determine the cause of a person's death. Conducted by a judge, jury, or government official, an
inquest may or may not require an autopsy carried out by a coroner or medical examiner. Generally,
inquests are only conducted upon deaths which are suspicious, due to violence, involving law
enforcement officials, or of persons held in state custody. An inquest may be called at the behest of a
coroner, judge,
Q4. Define abortion. Explain medical termination of pregnancy act in detail.
Answer. The prevention and eradication of illnesses through efficient, natural curative treatments
places the existence of the pharmaceutical “business with disease" in danger. These are the goals
that our struggle addresses. Through its “business with disease” the pharmaceutical industry has
become one of the leading investment and speculation sectors of global industry. Using its annual
multiple millions of earnings, this sector of industry has slowly been exerting its authority on all the
countries of the world
Q5. Explain medical negligence. List the various rights and responsibilities of the patient.
Answer. Medical Negligence:
The medical profession is considered a noble profession because it helps in preserving life. We
believe life is God given. Thus, a doctor figures in the scheme of God as he stands to carry out His
command. A patient generally approaches a doctor/hospital based on his/its reputation. Expectations
of a patient are two-fold: doctors and hospitals are expected to provide medical treatment with all
the knowledge and skill at their command and secondly they will not do anything to harm the patient
in any manner either because of their negligence, carelessness, or reckless attitude of their staff.
Q6. Discuss the important documents and ethical codes in medical ethics.
Answer. Medical ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values and judgments to the
practice of medicine. As a scholarly discipline, medical ethics encompasses its practical application in
clinical settings as well as work on its history, philosophy, theology, and sociology.
There are actually three types of medical records. You have the paper based record. Which is what
everyone is used to seeing when they go to the doctor’s office? Well unfortunately this is becoming
obsolete. With all the new technologies we have comes new ways to keep a medical record. There
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