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Patient-doctor relationship

The patient-doctor relationship is important to the doctor in order to obtain an accurate medical history and obtain compliance with the treatment plan; respect, understanding, and trust is important, although the emphasis on patient autonomy has become significantly greater since the 1970s. The doctor-patient relationship is important to the patient because the doctor has been given a monopoly on access to the prescription pad and various other treatments, and granted authority status by health insurance programs to act as gatekeeper to other medical procedures and services.


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