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Medicine and the Law

While health care is fundamentally a private matter between patients and their care providers, health care and the law intersect in many ways. For instance, health care programs available to low-income and other vulnerable Americans were created through the passage of federal laws. Similarly, health savings accounts that allow patients to use pre-tax income for health care expenses came about through a change in the tax code. Health care and medicine also involve civil law, as in the case of lawsuits targeting the improper marketing of prescription drugs.

FindLaw's Medicine and the Law section addresses the many ways health care is impacted by the law, with articles on doctor shopping laws, the Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the meaning of single-payer health care, and more.

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