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# Though they soon will, patients should not have a legal

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Though they soon will, patients should not have a legal right to see their medical records. As a doctor, I see two reasons for this. First, giving them access will be time-wasting because it will significantly reduce the amount of time that medical staff can spend on more important duties, by forcing them to retrieve and return files. Second, if my experience is anything to go by, no patients are going to ask for access to their records anyway.

Which one of the following, if true, establishes that the doctor's second reason does not cancel out the first?

(A) The new law will require that doctors, when seeing a patient in their office, must be ready to produce the patient's records immediately, not just ready to retrieve them.
(B) The task of retrieving and returning files would fall to the lowest-paid member of a doctor's office staff.
(C) Any patients who asked to see their medical records would also insist on having details they did not understand explained to them.
(D) The new law does not rule out that doctors may charge patients for extra expenses incurred specifically in order to comply with the new law.
(E) Some doctors have all allowing their patients access to their medical records, but those doctors' patients took no advantage of this policy.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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I am not sure what to make of this question

Hi ankurgupta03 ,

the passage states two reasons:
1) Giving them access will be time-wasting.

The second one seems to exclude the other, and we are asked to find a case in which BOTH are valid, hence the second does not cancel out the first.

A simple case is the one in which for every visit a doctor makes, he has to be ready to give access to the documents, regardless of whether the patient asked for them.
In this particular case, both reasons are valid so the second does not cancel the first.

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15 Dec 2003, 12:40
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Though they soon will, patients should not have a legal right to see their medical records. As a doctor, I see two reasons for this. First, giving them access will be time-wasting because it will significantly reduce the amount of time that medical staff can spend on more important duties, by forcing them to retrieve and return files. Second, if my experience is anything to go by, no patients are going to ask for access to their records anyway.┬б┬▒

Which one of the following, if true, establishes that the doctor┬б┬пs second reason does not cancel out the first?

(A) The new law will require that doctors, when seeing a patient in their office, must be ready to produce the patient┬б┬пs records immediately, not just ready to retrieve them.

(B) The task of retrieving and returning files would fall to the lowest-paid member of a doctor┬б┬пs office staff.

(C) Any patients who asked to see their medical records would also insist on having details they did not understand explained to them.

(D) The new law does not rule out that doctors may charge patients for extra expenses incurred specifically in order to comply with the new law.

(E) Some doctors have all allowing their patients access to their medical records, but those doctors┬б┬п patients took no advantage of this policy.

A is best.

The doctor should be ready..whether or not the patients want access.

so the staff has to retrieve it anyway.

hope this makes sense.
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13 Jun 2013, 23:14
what does 'cancel out' mean here ?
I think 'Cancel out' is not formal enough to be used here
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17 Jun 2013, 03:55
I am not sure what to make of this question
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17 Aug 2013, 04:28
totally blown away. i could not get me head around this question!

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can someone explain what is wrong with C and D
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16 Sep 2016, 09:32
asandeep wrote:
Though they soon will, patients should not have a legal right to see their medical records. As a doctor, I see two reasons for this. First, giving them access will be time-wasting because it will significantly reduce the amount of time that medical staff can spend on more important duties, by forcing them to retrieve and return files. Second, if my experience is anything to go by, no patients are going to ask for access to their records anyway.

Which one of the following, if true, establishes that the doctor's second reason does not cancel out the first?

(A) The new law will require that doctors, when seeing a patient in their office, must be ready to produce the patient's records immediately, not just ready to retrieve them.
(B) The task of retrieving and returning files would fall to the lowest-paid member of a doctor's office staff.
(C) Any patients who asked to see their medical records would also insist on having details they did not understand explained to them.
(D) The new law does not rule out that doctors may charge patients for extra expenses incurred specifically in order to comply with the new law.
(E) Some doctors have all allowing their patients access to their medical records, but those doctors' patients took no advantage of this policy.

I don't understand how A is the answer..pls anyone elaborate..
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03 Apr 2017, 21:46
If no one is going to ask for the file then reason one is not valid i.e. wasting time to retrieve and return files since patients are not going to ask for it anyway.

The question asks us to provide a reason so that both reasons should be valid and present.

2. No one is going to ask for these files - so no need of legal rights.
1. As it is doctors need to maintain these files when patients consult them. so even if they don't ask, doctors would still need to maintain them.

reason 2 in this case doesn't nullify reason 1
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03 Apr 2017, 23:05
asandeep wrote:
Though they soon will, patients should not have a legal right to see their medical records. As a doctor, I see two reasons for this. First, giving them access will be time-wasting because it will significantly reduce the amount of time that medical staff can spend on more important duties, by forcing them to retrieve and return files. Second, if my experience is anything to go by, no patients are going to ask for access to their records anyway.

Which one of the following, if true, establishes that the doctor's second reason does not cancel out the first?

(A) The new law will require that doctors, when seeing a patient in their office, must be ready to produce the patient's records immediately, not just ready to retrieve them.
(B) The task of retrieving and returning files would fall to the lowest-paid member of a doctor's office staff.
(C) Any patients who asked to see their medical records would also insist on having details they did not understand explained to them.
(D) The new law does not rule out that doctors may charge patients for extra expenses incurred specifically in order to comply with the new law.
(E) Some doctors have all allowing their patients access to their medical records, but those doctors' patients took no advantage of this policy.

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