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Ex Parte Contacts With Treating Doctor Allowed

No doctor-patient privilege exists in the Missouri statutes or common law which would forbid ex parte conversations between a patient's treating physicians and the defendant-doctor in a medical malpractice suit, the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled. The court held that section 491.060(5), RSMo Supp. 1992, long thought to encompass the doctor-patient privilege, only covers the disclosure ...