Is it not a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality when an optometrist is obligated by law to report vision problems to the DMV?

Update:

In Ontario where I live, it's called Ministry of Transportation.  

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    Of course it's difficult applying Canada legal from the USA.

    Driving a car on public roads is a privilege. It is a breach of medical record confidentiality, but the protection of confidentiality is directly about how the information is used.

    Human rights and rights of privacy are very important, but public safety is a step above that.

    Should a blind man be allowed to drive a car?

    What about a self-driving car?

     

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    The law trumps your rights of confidentiality. If the law requires him to report it he must report it, no matter what.

  • 2 months ago

    No, there are some exceptions to doctor-patient confidentiality, and one of them is when the patient is going to do something that could result in someone else's death.  (Similarly, in some places, if you tell your psychiatrist that you're going to murder someone, they can tell the police.)

  • 2 months ago

    Even if it is, it is a LEGALLY REQUIRED breach, so you have no legal grounds to complain about the report.

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  • 2 months ago

    No. it is not.  The law decides what is allowed and not allowed.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    In the US state law dictates whether the doc reports or not, thank goodness.

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No, same applies here in the U.K. do you want a half blind driver running down your Mother or child?

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    They don’t YOU do

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    I think ,

    "And if your eye causes you to offend, pluck it out ," might also be applicable to someone who is driving with dodgy eyesight .

    Just saying.

  • Rick B
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No.  As you pointed out, the doctor is obligated by law to report that.  

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