healthcare

Controlled Substance

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryA drug that has been declared by federal or state law to be illegal for sale or use, but may be dispensed by prescription. The basis for control and regulation may be the danger of addiction, physical or...

Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health (1990)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

The U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that family members could not refuse life-sustaining medical treatment -- such as a feeding tube -- on behalf of incompetent patients, absent clear...

Directive to Physicians

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: living will

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DNA

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryDeoxyribonucleic acid, a double chain of chromosomes in the nucleus of each living cell, whose combination determines each individual's hereditary characteristics. Because each person's DNA is different...

Doctor-Patient Privilege

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionarySee: physician-patient privilege

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Euthanasia

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryBringing about the death of a person who is terminally ill and, usually, suffering. Sometimes called mercy killing.

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Flexible Savings Account (FSA)

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryAn account into which employees may set aside pretax income for medical expenses not paid by health insurance (such as co-payments, premiums, and expenses that are outside of the employer's plan) or for...

Food and Drug Law

Food And Drug Law: An Overview

Food production has been regulated in the United States since the mid–1800s. But it was not until 1906, when both the Food and Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 1 et seq.) and the Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) were enacted...

Forensic Medicine

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe area of medical science that helps solve a legal question using scientific or technical facts. For example, coroners can often determine cause of death.

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Health

Health Law: An Overview

Broadly defined, health law includes the law of public health, health care generally, and medical care specifically. Preserving public health is a primary duty of the state. Health regulations and laws are therefore almost all...

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