How French hospitals flout medical confidentiality with private contractors


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The principle of guaranteeing the confidentiality of a patient’s medical condition is common to physicians the world over. In France, and closely inspired by the original Hippocratic Oath, the historical guiding text for the honest practice of medicine, the medical profession is bound by a modern oath of professional conduct set out by its regulating body, the Ordre des médecins, which includes the stipulation that “Admitted into the intimacy of people, I will keep silent those secrets that are confided to me.”