May Infected Patient Compel Doctor to Testify About Doctor's Own Medical Condition?
In Medical Malpractice Suit Against Hospital
Donald Ward et al. v. Summa Health System et al., Case no. 2009-1998
9th District Court of Appeals (Summit County)
ISSUE: Under R.C. 2317.(B)(1), the state law that makes medical records and communications between a physician and patient "privileged" (not subject to disclosure under most circumstances), when a patient who undergoes a surgical procedure later develops an infectious disease and files a malpractice suit against the hospital where the operation took place, may the patient compel the doctor who performed the surgery to answer discovery questions about the doctor's own medical condition at the time of the operation?