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Keep Your Friends Close And Your Medical Records Closer: Defining The Extent To Which A Constitutional Right To Informational Privacy Protects Medical Records, Lauren Newman May 2019

Keep Your Friends Close And Your Medical Records Closer: Defining The Extent To Which A Constitutional Right To Informational Privacy Protects Medical Records, Lauren Newman

Journal of Law and Health

The following Article discusses the extent to which the constitutional right to informational privacy protects medical data from improper acquisition or dissemination by state agents. Part I provides background on Whalen v. Roe, the Supreme Court case that has been understood to establish the right to informational privacy. Part I also discusses the variations across the circuit courts as to what medical information is afforded protection by the right. Part II analyzes the well-established approaches adopted by the Second and Third Circuits as they present opposing interpretations of Whalen, one wholly protecting medical information and the other protecting scarcely any ...


Can Compulsory Health Insurance Be Justified? An Examination Of Taiwan's National Health Insurance , Chuan-Feng Wu Jan 2013

Can Compulsory Health Insurance Be Justified? An Examination Of Taiwan's National Health Insurance , Chuan-Feng Wu

Journal of Law and Health

Since a great paradox lies beneath the universal health insurance mandate debate in both Taiwan and the U.S., Taiwan’s experience clarifying the constitutionality of its compulsory universal health insurance program might provide valuable lessons to the U.S. The goal of this Article is to provide a theoretical basis, based upon the human rights impact assessment in public health policies and a Rawlsian theory of justice, to decide whether the restriction on individual liberty imposed by Taiwan’s compulsory NHI is constitutionally justified. An analytic four-step assessment is established to evaluate the NHI’s burden on individual liberties ...


The Commerce Clause Implications Of The Individual Mandate Under The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act , L. Darnell Weeden Jan 2013

The Commerce Clause Implications Of The Individual Mandate Under The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act , L. Darnell Weeden

Journal of Law and Health

The fundamental focus of this Article is whether the decision not to buy individual health insurance as required by Congress also qualifies as valid economic activity under the Commerce Clause. This question before the Court continues the modern battle regarding the scope of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause, and the battle regarding the regulation of economic activity continues, irrespective of the Supreme Court decision regarding PPACA, because of the continuing impact of the Supreme Court’s holding in United States v. Lopez. Part II of this Article contends that the decision not to purchase health insurance is not ...


Gene Therapy: Legal And Ethical Issues For Pregnant Women , Angela Liang Jan 1999

Gene Therapy: Legal And Ethical Issues For Pregnant Women , Angela Liang

Cleveland State Law Review

The decision to undergo gene therapy in utero for the sake of a fetus should legally rest with the pregnant woman rather than the judiciary or the legislature. Part I of this article provides an overview of the current scope of gene therapy. Part II discusses previous court decisions that either granted or denied petitions for involuntary prenatal intervention. Part III analyzes three reasons why the courts should not impose gene therapy on pregnant women as the technology becomes available. First, a policy that mandates gene therapy would place an undue burden on pregnant women and violate the Equal Protection ...


Beyond Washington V. Glucksberg: Oregon's Death With Dignity Act Analyzed From Medical And Constitutional Perspectives , Steven B. Datlof Jan 1999

Beyond Washington V. Glucksberg: Oregon's Death With Dignity Act Analyzed From Medical And Constitutional Perspectives , Steven B. Datlof

Journal of Law and Health

This Article examines several aspects of the medical and legal debate on physician-assisted suicide. Part I describes the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, the only existing American law legalizing physician assisted suicide. Understanding the provisions of the DWDA provides a concrete, practical framework for discussing the medical and constitutional issues central to the PAS debate. Part II considers the wisdom of the DWDA in light of current medical knowledge and practice. The law allows a patient, with only a few months to live, a human end to intolerable suffering under controlled conditions. It is carefully crafted to ensure that patient ...


Constitutional Impediments To National Health Reform: Tenth Amendment And Spending Power Hurdles, S. Candice Hoke Jan 1994

Constitutional Impediments To National Health Reform: Tenth Amendment And Spending Power Hurdles, S. Candice Hoke

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

This Article proceeds in four Parts. The first briefly summarizes the approach of each of the pending health reform bills and distills those portions relevant to current Tenth Amendment and Spending Clause analysis. Provisions that would impose on States the financial and administrative responsibility for achieving Federal regulatory objectives or that specify punitive measures to be taken against States choosing not to participate in the cooperative program are critical features for the inquiry. Employing these criteria, the first Part identifies seven distinct and largely novel models of problematic regulatory instructions that warrant more probative analysis.The second Part briefly outlines ...


Containing The Aids Virus . . . Testing . . . Reporting . . . Confidentiality . . . Quarantine . . . Constitutional Considerations, Luann A. Polito Jan 1989

Containing The Aids Virus . . . Testing . . . Reporting . . . Confidentiality . . . Quarantine . . . Constitutional Considerations, Luann A. Polito

Cleveland State Law Review

In addition to illness, disability, and death, AIDS has evoked fear in the hearts and minds of most Americans: fear of the AIDS virus and fear of the unknown. This fear has caused many Americans to act irrationally towards AIDS and its victims. This article will analyze the different legislative acts intended to curtail the spread of the disease and whether these enactments will aid or merely hinder the containment of the AIDS virus. It will illustrate potential conflicts this legislation poses to the AIDS victims' constitutional rights of privacy and liberty. At its conclusion, it will illustrate that with ...


Mental Hospital Drugs, Professionalism, And The Constitution, Sheldon Gelman Jan 1984

Mental Hospital Drugs, Professionalism, And The Constitution, Sheldon Gelman

Law Faculty Articles and Essays

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