November 6th, 2008

Physician-patient privilege


Setting: AU, New York City. (The setting is supernatural, think early Laurell K. Hamilton, but that's not really relevant.)

 

Searched for: physician-patient privilege and cooperating with law enforcement, police inquiry, federal investigation

 

My doctor protag had a patient who, no longer in the hospital, is being looked for by a shadowy government agency. They claim they want to protect her from someone who wants to kill her, but really she has some dirt on them they don’t want leaked.

 

So how much information would a doctor reasonably be expected to give about a patient if a federal agency were conducting an investigation? What if they said it was a matter of national security?

 

I want my doc to bristle at the patient’s rights being trampled (and decide to help her without the government knowing), but I don’t want him to withhold info that would be reasonable to give in this situation.

Transporting disabled veterans home

This is my scenario: It's is 1969, a Vietnam solider from Chicago was caught in an explosion during a fight losing both of his legs and at the moment he is in the hospital in Vietnam.

I am not sure how to write the question for google and yahoo as I'm only getting airline companies or veterans administration and the inbetween. So my question is how would the military transport a disable man from Vietnam to Chicago. I was watching MASH (Korean War) and BJ, a doctor was being explained his route home. And he had a stop in Hawaii. Now I know this is different but would my character get a stop over somewhere before reaching the states, would he get a straight ride home or straight to the hospital in Illinois before being allow to go home...

Thanks in Advance.

adjusting insurance rates after life-threatening accident and etc.

hi all. yes, this is for nanowrimo. :D i posted to the forums there but haven't got any hits on this one so in desperation, i'm turning to you lovely people. two questions here.

the setting's modern day US with a critical twist: 'magic' was developed in its own right as a particular science pretty much in conjunction with chemistry and this character is a member of that discipline. he got into a bit of an incident where he came within a hairsbreadth of dying (trapped under a fallen cabinet in the lab he works in, surrounded by the chemical spill resulting from bottles falling out of said cabinet and breaking). naturally, he ended up in the hospital and i'm sure his insurance company had something to say about it, given that he'd also landed in the hospital some time before due to respiratory arrest because of his job.

so what would be the effect on his insurance? medical, life, etc etc? also property insurance, given that he owns the lab this happened in. how would the company contact him? would they ask him to come in to the office for a discussion or work primarily through an adjuster or send a letter by homing pigeon or...?

relevant information: he's an otherwise healthy caucasian male in his late 20s/early 30s. lives somewhere unspecified in the northeast; no history of chronic diseases or pertinent medical conditions in his family that i know of (though his father's dead/AWOL). he comes from a very wealthy family, though his current job makes far less than what he's actually worth (runs a small consulting/repair business in partnership with the second character with independent research on the side). the accident was... actually not his fault -- though he doesn't know that -- but he was alone in the lab at the time. so yes, the cabinet kind of just fell on him.

second question: the plot has this character and another character discovering somehow that the life expectancy for magicians across the board has been dropping or is unnaturally low. i'm assuming insurance companies would be aware of this, but how would my character find out? i was thinking a random throwaway comment by an insurance agent ('oh, we would have had to adjust your premiums again soon anyway -- you lot seem rather prone to heart attacks at age 50, for some reason.') but would that be feasible?

googled: insurance adjustment, life insurance, actuarial tables, claims adjustment, insurance rates
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