Near the beginning of Health SE's private beta, a discussion about whether or not we should have a disclaimer came up. There were people voting that we should have a disclaimer (+10/-2) and people for the other side, that we don't need one (+9/-0).
Though this decision has not been officially made, we believe it may be best to include one. Many prominent health sites also have medical disclaimers and the opinion that we should have a disclaimer for Health SE has been voiced by many of the medical professionals on this site (see here).
Through much deliberation in our Health SE moderator chat room, we have come up with this short disclaimer. We would like it to be on every page, somewhere where it doesn't ruin the page, but is still easily visible to everyone that visits that page.
Health SE is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for care from a qualified provider. Often there are factors that are relevant for diagnosis and treatment that you may not be aware of or may not think to include when asking. For this reason, we cannot offer personalized advice.
This is again showing everyone that comes to this site that we cannot and will not give personal medical advice (see this meta discussion for more).
This idea is still in the works, though. We have gotten approval from the Stack Exchange community moderators, but we are still missing some things. Firstly, we want approval from the community. We are also still looking for ideas on where to place the disclaimer in a way that is clear, but unobtrusive.
We are open to any ideas from the community. Please use this post to bring up any suggestions, ideas, or other noteworthy discussions about this.