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Health care law is the branch of law for hospitals, doctors, and others who provide medical care or treatment to others for injuries or illness.

Medical care gives rise to a doctor-patient relationship. This relationship is treated different than many other relationships. It entitles the patient to continued care and confidentiality. This relationship also creates a legally recognized duty of care on the doctor. Doctors and the hospitals they work for are often subject to medical malpractice claims.

As professionals, doctors are subject to licensing requirements and oversight by the American Medical Association. In addition, doctors and hospitals are subject to extensive regulation. This includes various statutes, such as the ADA, ERISA, COBRA, OBRA, HIPPA, and the Newborn & Mother's Health Protection, and the Mental Health Parity Act. This regulation may increase if the doctor or hospital is compensated by government programs or insurance.

Health care law also involves controversial issues. These issues include physician's duty to treat a patient, physician assisted suicide, organ donations, and reproductive rights.

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