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Medicolegal and Ethics A doctor asking you about patient info!

You as a cardiologist received a phone call from the ER of Mercy West Hospital. The speaker on the other side of the phone identifies himself as doctor Conrad Fischer, an attending emergency medicine physician stating that your patient Mark Alonzo came to his ER in a motor car accident requesting some information about his previous medical history from you before proceeding with further managements that can lead to further deterioration of his medical condition if associated with history of certain underlying medical conditions that can't be disclosed in the emergency setting. He states that he needs the requested information now as any delay would put the life of his patient in danger. What would be an appropriate response from you regarding this situation ?

1- Tell the guy on the other side of the phone that it's inappropriate to discuss that issue with him.
2- Ask the guy on the other side of the phone to obtain a court order so that you can give him the requested information.
3- Give the guy on the other side of the phone the information he needs without delay.
4- Ask the guy on the other side of the phone to give you sometime in order to make sure of his identity by a third party.
5- Tell the guy on the other side of the phone that you have no obligation to discuss that with him.
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3-Give the guy on the other side of the phone the information he needs without delay.
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1-Tell the guy on the other side of the phone that it's inappropriate to discuss that issue with him.
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i say either 1 or 2. but then again, 1 seems a better answer. doctors all around the world obviously have information that can save many patients but this is never often an issue because it just aint right.
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4-Ask the guy on the other side of the phone to give you sometime in order to make sure of his identity by a third party.
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4-Ask the guy on the other side of the phone to give you sometime in order to make sure of his identity by a third party.
I would say 4 too

what a tricky question... can't wait for the answer
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I go with 4.
You have to make sure that you are talking to an emergency doctor
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4- Ask the guy on the other side of the phone to give you sometime in order to make sure of his identity by a third party.
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so whats the answer?
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i will go with 3.
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Well people ,, The answer is simply >> I don't know

I created this question myself >> not for the purpose of making a show BUT to be ready for such a scenario in the future. When I went through my UW I came across a question discussing a similar concept but not the same as that one ,, here I remembered that famous scene on TV medical serieces when a physician in the ER calls his patient's doctor to get some info about his case and I asked myself >> What if I were in his place ,, What would and what should I do ??? So I thought in posting a question based on a similar concept for you to give me the most appropriate action based on the best of our knowledge to ethics. If any of you knows a concept of ethics or role in medicine that can help us figure out how to respond ,, please enlighten us.
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