Exceptions to Professional Secrecy

Conclusion

Under review

Public confidence in the profession and the patient’s confidence in his physician rely on the certainty that professional secrecy will be respected. The legislative framework ensures the protection of this right and sets out guidelines for overriding this right when the health and security of the patient or others is threatened.

The physician-patient relationship is part and parcel of a whole set of rules governing our social relations. For these rules to coexist in a coherent way, the physician must show good judgment and discernment.

2011-04-04