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Paula Patient doesn't want her violent boyfriend to know she's getting an abortion, so she asks Dr. Bob to send all communications to her to a post office box and to phone her only at work. What should Dr. Bob do, and what is the legal basis for your advice? If she tells Dr. Bob that not doing this will endanger her, would your answer be different?

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  1. Dr. Bob must follow the patient's wishes. A patient's medical information is confidential and cannot be given to anyone else.

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  2. http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html

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