Delaware Handbook: Patient Termination

WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE TO TERMINATE THE PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP? Once the physician-patient relationship has begun, the physician has an obligation to continue seeing the patient for as long as treatment is necessary. However, there may be instances in which it becomes non-beneficial for either or both of the parties to continue the relationship. Some common and acceptable reasons for a physician to discharge a patient from the practice are: non-compliance with the recommended treatment plan (for example, the patient does not keep appointments, does not take prescribed medication regularly, or does not change behaviors that are detrimental to his or her condition), abusive or threatening behavior toward physicians or staff m...
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