Dr. Randall calls his colleague to set up an appointment for Janice.
Consent and confidentiality
Dr. Randall: Elizabeth, what’s going on? You cutting back on your practice?
Dr. Colleague: No, not at all! Why?
Dr. Randall: You don’t usually turn me down but I’ve got a letter here suggesting my patient go somewhere else … says you’re not taking new patients at this time. Sounds like you may be too busy but I’d love a favour, Liz. This is a lovely couple and they’re really suffering. I want to know they’re being taken care of and you’re the best.
Dr. Colleague: Oh, thanks but … is this the HIV case?
Dr. Randall: Yeah it is.
Dr. Colleague: Oh. Hmmm …
Dr. Randall: Tell me it’s not about the HIV.
Dr. Randall: It is the HIV, isn’t it?
Dr. Colleague: Being an obstetrician is risky enough Jerry. You know what our malpractice is like now. I just don’t think I can put myself or my other patients at risk. There must be someone in town who knows HIV and pregnancy.
Dr. Randall: Okay, give me a name then.
Dr. Colleague: Well, I can’t think of anyone just now but I can ask around for you, will that help?
Dr. Randall: I guess so. You’d certainly get farther than I would.
Dr. Colleague: Okay, I’ll get back to you with some names.