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Health care law: the legal side of medicine

Many people in Florida have heard the term "health care law," but few really know what it means. Most Florida residents will never have to concern themselves with the intricacies of health care law, as it is an area that deals primarily with businesses, governments, and ethics. However, if you would like to know more, you can continue reading below. 

For a better understanding of any area of the law, including health care law, one can learn a lot from looking at how it is treated by a law school. For example, American University Washington College of Law breaks down its health care law program into four areas. These four areas are bioethics, health care law, global health law, and public and population law.

Health care law can be thought of as the business end of medicine. This area includes the rules and regulations that govern insurance companies, health care providers and others in the medical industry. Bioethics, on the other hand, is the more philosophical end of medicine. This branch of law attempts to answer questions related to the ethical side of health care. 

Public and population law focuses on preventing injuries or diseases in populations. For example, legal decisions concerning stopping the spread of Zika virus in the United States would fall to lawyers focused on this area. Meanwhile, as global health law focuses on international issues, this area's attorneys would be the ones tasked with creating travel- and trade-related regulations to stop the virus' spread. 

Even with such a simple breakdown of the different aspects of health care law, it is easy to see why those in Florida who face legal challenges in this area usually need the assistance of an experienced attorney. A legal professional with knowledge of health care law can offer guidance to medical facilities, physicians, drug companies, and insurers. In addition, this type of legal professional can also assist lawmakers and government representatives as they work to protect the U.S. population.

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