It is said that if health is lost, everything is lost. Therefore, in order to preserve the most important asset of one’s life, a highly cautious
attitude towards our health is desirable.
These rights of a patient as a consumer are more important than the rights of a general consumer because patient usually has very little choice in the
treatment. The Indian Constitution bestows certain rights on the citizens. One of them is Right to life. Right to a healthy life is an integral part of the
Right to life. Basic optimal health care is the right of every Indian citizen and it is the responsibility of the state. Here’s what you need to know:
- Right to Information: Every patient has a right to access to all treatment details of himself or his family. The doctor is obliged to give you complete,
up-to-date information of the disease, its treatment and recovery process. As well, a patient can demand all his medical records.
- Informed consent: Before undertaking any medical procedure or test, a written consent of the patient or his relative is a must. This consent must include
all the details of the procedure. In any procedure done without an informed consent, the healthcare system is liable to punishment.
- Confidentiality: Each patient has a right to privacy. A doctor cannot disclose your personal or treatment details in any form without a written
permission from you.
- Emergency treatment: No hospital or doctor can deny treatment. Though, if there is a lack of equipments or facility, the doctor can refer you to another
- Refusal of treatment: As a competent adult, everyone has a right to accept, refuse or change a medical treatment. It is your choice!
These are all critical rights of the patients, which can help us in emergencies and routine healthcare. Do not overlook these rights!