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Re: Where was these AH's when it came to James Holmes?
I think that the medical system we have will be at fault here. I think we may find out that his shrink should have tipped someone off but failed to do so because if Hippa rules.
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Confidentiality has been a part of the Doctor/patient relationship long before HIPPA came along. Unless Holmes had told his doctor he intended to harm himself or others, there was little the Doctor could have done. Only an "involuntary commitment" would have flagged him in the instant check system. From what I read in the press, the materials he mailed to his Doctor outlining his plans weren't discovered until after the crime took place.
The involuntary commitment standard is pretty high in most jurisdictions and is tantamount to incarcerating someone for up to 72 hours without Judicial review. I can see some people saying anyone under the care of a mental health professional should now be flagged in the instant check system. This would be the worse thing we could do. Doing so would stigmatize anyone who seeks help for mental health issues and push people away from needed treatment.
The fact is incidents like this have been happening since the invention of the modern ammunition cartridge. Except nowadays, they receive more attention with the 24 hour news cycle and a politicaly motivated press.
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Yeah, but how well was the doctor performing? If the guy was a schizophrenic she should have noticed, and should have known that he was inevitably going to have severe problems without medication, and should have followed up, instead of being "too buy" collecting fees all day. Just because psychiatrists have a 0% cure rate, doesn't mean they have no responsibility for patient outcomes.