In Arizona, Is There A Fiduciary Relationship Between A Dentist And A Patient?

Asked 8 months ago - Chandler, AZ

Does a fiduciary duty exist between a dentist and a patient? Or does that only apply to actual medical doctors?

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  1. Richard Todd Rosenstein

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    Answered . Dentists have the same duties and responsibilities to their patients as any other type of doctor.

  2. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . The fiduciary duty owed by a doctor to a patient is confidentiality, and it would apply the same from dentist to patient. However, there is no private right to sue under HIPAA for this.

  3. Jason Alexander Richman

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    Answered . I am afraid that I do not know what you are asking... What is it that you would have wanted your Dentist to do that he did not do? Is this a billing or insurance issue? If you are more specific in your question, the answers that you receive will be more useful.

  4. Elizabeth Taylor Herd

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    Answered . There is not a fiduciary relationship. Rather the doctor wones you a duty to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances and to maintain your right of privacy.

  5. Jennifer L. Ellis

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    Answered . Dentists can commit dental malpractice just as doctors can commit medical malpractice, assuming that is what you mean.

    I am licensed in Pennsylvania. Members of my firm are licensed in various states, including Pennsylvania, New... more

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