Laws About Dating A Patient?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about dating a patient:

What are the legalities of an assistant dating a patient after the patient was established in the office?

Signed, Wondering

Dear Wondering:

We’re not a legal site and can’t provide a definitive legal answer. If you are in a medical practice you may want to check with medical associations to get an opinion about your particular kind of practice. However, whether or not there is a legal issue, your doctor may not want you to date a patient–or he or she may think it’s fine. So, consider just asking your doctor how he or she feels about it.The dating relationship may end up more than that or it may not be lasting but the work relationship is the one that is crucial for your economic well-being and you don’t want to create problems about that. Best wishes to you and if you have the time and wish to do so, let us know what you decide.

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