Washington Law Review


In analyzing the court's decision in In re R., this Note will first review the physician-patient privilege. Next, it will assess the court's analysis and application of the statutory waiver in section 71.05.250 of the Washington Revised Code to hearings for ninety-day commitment. This Note concludes that while the court correctly applied the statutory waiver to hearings for ninety-day commitment, the court's standard of reasonableness in applying the waiver of the privilege in this case was improper. Because the physician-patient privilege is a valuable tool in encouraging patients to seek therapeutic treatment, this Note recommends that the courts require a strong showing of necessity before allowing the exercise of the statutory waiver of the privilege.

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