The interaction between law and health is vast and complex. The law regulates matters that would normally be considered health-related, such as in-vitro fertilisation, or the framework governing the operation of hospitals and community health centres. However, it also deals with less obvious things, as diverse as standards for the re-use of Something that does lasting damage to land or alters the nature of the property so that it can no longer be used in the same way. water and the licensing of pest-control operators.
This chapter deals with the areas of health law about which questions commonly arise. These are:
- information and To agree to something being done, to approve an action or arrangement. See also informed consent.;
- access to medical records;
- privacy and The principle that private information told to a person must not be revealed to others. Some professionals must keep information confidential, for example doctor–patient and lawyer–client relationships. (e.g. between health practitioners and their consumers);
- blood transfusions and organ transplants; and
- making a complaint.