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Attorney-Physician Relations

The WSMA supports the discussion of a patient's history, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis with the patient's lawyer with consent of the patient or his/her legal representative. (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA affirms that it is not improper for a physician to testify in court or before a workmen's compensation board or the like in any personal injury case. (JC 5.07-87) (Reaffirmed A-17)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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