Understanding your confidentiality

When you visit the Doctor, most of what you discuss with them is kept confidential. This means that they can’t go and tell your parents or your friends about your health unless you give them permission or in some specific situations.

The limits of doctor-patient confidentiality are:

  1. If they believe you might harm yourself
  2. If they believe you might harm someone else
  3. If you are being harmed by someone else or there are concerns about your safety.

Doctor-patient confidentiality is legally binding – so don’t be worried about other people finding out if you want to talk to the doctor about your health concerns! If you’re concerned about it, you should ask them to explain to you exactly what is confidential and what’s not.

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