In re Anderson:
a. Patient sued for sexual assault against a technician and sought discovery of the identity of other patients who had similar complaints against the technician. Clinic refused to comply with discovery request, claiming it was physician-patient privilege.
b. HELD: Although rules of civil procedure do not specifically mention that privilege, there is language that exempts any matters protected by privilege. The patient-physician privilege goes beyond communication and reports and extends to patient identity. The court said the information of patients’ identity is privilege and is not subject to disclosure.
c. Doctor-patient relationship is from common law. The medical practice act talks of the communication privilege between the physician and patient.
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