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Having Sex With Your Patient


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1/5/2017
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Iowa law prohibits a physician from having a sexual relationship with a patient. The physician-patient relationship must have been terminated and the termination needs to be clear. The reasons for this prohibition has a lot to do with patients making informed decisions without emotional manipulation. I am familiar with a case whereby the doctor's insurance company paid out $750,000 in damages. 

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL ETHIC – Chapter 13.7

653—13.7(147,148,272C) Standards of practice—office practices.

13.7(1) Termination of the physician-patient relationship. A physician may choose whom to serve. Having undertaken the care of a patient, the physician may not neglect the patient. A physician shall provide a patient written notice of the termination of the physician-patient relationship. A physician shall ensure that emergency medical care is available to the patient during the 30-day period following notice of the termination of the physician-patient relationship.

13.7(2) Patient referrals. A physician shall not pay or receive compensation for patient referrals.

13.7(3) Confidentiality. A physician shall maintain the confidentiality of all patient information obtained in the practice of medicine. Information shall be divulged by the physician when authorized by law or the patient or when required for patient care.

13.7(4) Sexual conduct. It is unprofessional and unethical conduct, and is grounds for disciplinary action, for a physician to engage in conduct which violates the following prohibitions:

a. In the course of providing medical care, a physician shall not engage in contact, touching, or comments of a sexual nature with a patient, or with the patient’s parent or guardian if the patient is a minor.

b. A physician shall not engage in any sexual conduct with a patient when that conduct occurs concurrent with the physician-patient relationship, regardless of whether the patient consents to that conduct.

c. A physician shall not engage in any sexual conduct with a former patient unless the physician-patient relationship was completely terminated before the sexual conduct occurred. In considering whether that relationship was completely terminated, the board will consider the duration of the physician-patient relationship, the nature of the medical services provided, the lapse of time since the physician-patient relationship ended, the degree of dependence in the physician-patient relationship, and the extent to which the physician used or exploited the trust, knowledge, emotions, or influence derived from the physician-patient relationship.

d. A psychiatrist, or a physician who provides mental health counseling to a patient, shall never engage in any sexual conduct with a current or former patient, or with that patient’s parent or guardian if the patient was a minor, regardless of whether the patient consents to that conduct.

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