Liviu Oprea MD
University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Grigore T. Popa” Iasi
Vulnerability in Health Law and Medical Practice
Author: Liviu Oprea
Vulnerable populations are more likely to develop health problems as a result of their exposure to health risks and worse outcomes compared to general population. Vulnerability is responsible for social inequalities in health and discrimination of people belonging to these groups. The health law and patients’ rights’ law do not have legal provisions meant to protect these groups. Moreover, there are legal provisions in the health law that can negatively affect vulnerable people. There will be discussed the mechanisms through which linking the health insurance coverage with employment status as well as the unjustified restriction of competence of several categories of doctors can negatively influence these persons. These legal provisions lead to significant health inequities as well as well as to significant moral concerns. There will be discussed possible law changes that may mitigate these negative consequences.