Law and Health Care Administration

Law and Health Care System Administration

Strayer University
Fall Quarter 2013

HSA 515: Health Care Policy, Law, and Ethics

Law and Health Care System Administration
1. Justify your position about the importance of the physician-patient and hospital-patient relationships.

In the typical physician-patient relationship, the physician agrees to diagnose and treat the patient in accordance with the standards of acceptable medical practice and to continue to do so until the natural termination of the relationship (Showalter, 2012).   Once the compensation for services are rendered, it is the physician’s responsibility to conduct a medical interview.   This interview has three intricately interacting functions: gathering information, developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship and communicating information (Lipkin, Putnam, & Lazare, 1995).  
A patient who does not trust or like his physician will not disclose complete information efficiently.   Moreover, a patient who is anxious will not comprehend information clearly.   The relationship between the patient and the physician, therefore, directly determines the quality and completeness of the information elicited and understood.   It is a significant influence on physician and patient satisfaction and thereby contributes to practice maintenance and prevention of the practitioner burnout and turnover, and is the primary determinant of compliance (Goold & Lipkin, 1999).   Effective use of these structural elements gives patients a feeling that they are heard, allows them to express their primary concerns, and a sense of understanding as they relate their feelings and stories in their own words.
2. Determine how contract principle and breach of warranty apply to the health care setting.

The physician-patient relationship is based on contract principles; the physician agrees to provide treatment in return for payment.   A physician-patient relationship can also be...