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Did Deepak Chopra Violate Doctor-Patient Confidentiality?

A Note from Alan: Here’s an interesting article examining Deepak Chopra in his role as a doctor. It’s especially relevant given the beautiful article I posted earlier this week: “A Tribute to My Friend Micheal” by Chopra. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter. Did Dr. Chopra go too far with his media appearances and tribute?  Or is he well within his bounds as a doctor & friend of the patient? I’d say this is a great example of Moral IQ in the works. Let me know what you think! ~A.D.

BY L. Steven Sieden


Cultural Trends Examiner

Although I viewed Deepak Chopra‘s many media appearances talking about Michael Jackson to be just another grab at getting more publicity for himself, it never occurred to me that he was actually violating his doctor-patient confidentiality Jackson.  Then, I noticed the following comment to an earlier story:

From Dr.Bob –  “As a physician I can tell you that Deepak Chopra has actually violated doctor-patient confidentiality.  And he has a history of doing this (e.g. Maharishi).  Someone should lodge a complaint because what Chopra did — by going on television to speak about someone who was in his care (however short a connection) is technically illegal.   And that confidentiality extends after the patient’s death.”

I don’t know who Dr. Bob is or if he is even a physician.  After watching and reading Dr. Chopra’s comments, Dr. Bob seems to have a valid point.  Chopra violated the confidentiality of his patient Michael Jackson.  Although I am not a celebrity, I would not want my doctor telling the world about my conditions or the treatments I accepted or refused.

Dr. Deepak Chopra loves the spotlight, but he may have gone to far this time.  We are each entitled to our privacy, and he certainly did not allow Michael Jackson his privacy at this time of his transition.

May we all recognize the boundaries of others and act in accord with their wishes and the best interest of all concerned.  And may we learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others so that we no longer have to suffer from them.

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