Mishmeres HaSholom: Ask the Rav

Halachic queries answered by Harav Menachem Mendel Fuchs, shlita, Menahel Ruchani of Mishmeres HaSholom, posek in the Eidah HaChareidis and Rav of Kiryas Shomrei HaChomos

Q: A doctor sent me for a battery of tests and then prescribed treatment which did nothing to improve my health. I later visited an expert, who upon seeing my results, asked in shock, “Who is your doctor? Didn’t he tell you that you had a problem?” I told him that I couldn’t remember the doctor’s name at that moment, and the doctor insisted that I find out for him. My follow-up appointment is coming up, and I would like to know what to answer if he asks me again.

A: According to the details you’ve given, it seems that no toeles would come from divulging the name of your original doctor. Doctors are human, they can make mistakes, and they shouldn’t be judged on account of one story. In light of the above, there is no heter to disclose the name to the senior doctor.

The questions and answers above were taken from the Mishmeres Hasholom pamphlet in Israel. For details and inquiries please e-mail us at office@hasholom.org or call 972-2 5379160.

The views expressed are of the individual author. Readers are encouraged to consult their own posek for guidance.

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