HCM 4201: Health Care Law


This course provides background and legal principles for problems concerning our health care delivery system. Focuses on professional regulation and the managed care and hospital certification programs that impact professional practice. Designed to prepare clinical and administrative health care personnel for the challenges of understanding today’s important issues— from handling patient records and avoiding malpractice to abortion, AIDS, and the right to die.


  1. Examine the similarities and differences between laws and ethics as well as the differences between ethics and bioethics.
  2. Determine why an understanding of the legal profession is necessary for the health care professional.
  3. Evaluate the ethical and legal considerations of the physician-patient relationship.
  4. Explain the concepts of professional liability and medical malpractice as they relate to the healthcare profession.
  5. Inspect the public duties of the physician.
  6. Analyze the regulations defined by workplace laws and ethics.
  7. Evaluate the purposes of medical records and the laws and regulations used to protect them and the privacy of patients.
  8. Examine bioethical issues faced by physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  9. Dissect the ethical issues relating to the protection of life.
  10. Defend ethical and legal issues relating to international health and human rights.




Medical law and ethics (Rev: 4)

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2012)
Author: Fremgen, B.F.
ISBN: 9780132559225
Price: $70.46

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