Theu.s County Pediatrics Society Vs Florida 's Scott Administration

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Broward County Pediatrics Society vs Florida’s Scott Administration; Privacy in the Medical Field
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations 2014 Crime in the United States article, “Aggravated assaults accounted for 63.6 percent of the violent crimes reported, while robberies accounted for 28.0 percent, rape 7.2 percent, and murders 1.2 percent”. With assault on the uprise and new forms of health insurance being created in the US, both medical health and personal safety have become a major point on interest. In 2011 an Ocala, Florida Pediatrician denied care to an infants mother who choose to withhold personal information about gun ownership. In response the state Administration created a medical privacy act addressing patients and their privacy on the topic of guns. More specifically the law put restrictions on doctors denied them the ability to promote conversations about guns with patients; unless they believed it to be relevant to their medical safety and health. The news article was covered by the Miami Herald which stated “The 2011 law requiring them [doctors] to refrain from asking about gun ownership by patients and family members unless the physicians believe in ‘good faith’ that the information is ‘relevant’ to medical care or safety”. Shortly after the Broward County Pediatrics Society filed a lawsuit against the Administration. They claimed the law aimed to restrict the verbal relationship between doctors and their patients. These Pediatricians in…

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