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When fiduciary duty clashes with duty to the state

Rakhi Ghoshal

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2018.034


In their case study Cash and Castro discuss a situation where a physician’s duties to the laws of her land stand in conflict with her fiduciary duties to her patient. This present commentary is a response to the situation they describe, and it engages with the issue of conscientious objection in medicine, to argue that the ethical responsibility of the physician should be tilted in favour of the patient, especially when the laws of the land are regressive and harmful.

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