1. When considering a person’s religious beliefs, should the state have a right to interfere with a mother’s decision to refuse a blood transfusion for herself? What if the mother has young children? Why? What cases support your beliefs?
2. Should a hospital be able to assert whatever interest the state itself may have in seeking to compel an unwilling patient to undergo a routine, lifesaving medical procedure? Explain your position and cite the relevant cases.
3. Describe why a patient’s responsibilities are as important as her rights?
1. If a state happens to have a privacy law—portions of which are different from the regulations of HIPAA’s Privacy Rule, how is the conflict between the two laws to be reconciled?
2. Explain how, if at all, the HIPAA Privacy Rule affects the long-standing practice in many small communities of publishing hospital discharges or notices of births.
3. What will you need to do about security of medical information if you utilize and outside service such as one that handles patient billing?
4. Under what circumstances can your personal medical information be supplied to third parties without your specific consent?