MUST READ - Patient Rights in India

Patients in India are so used to being at the “receiving end” of medical care, that they sometimes forget that they do have rights! All patients have the right to:

Respectful Care
Medical staff should respect your dignity and be sensitive to your needs. Treatment must be provided regardless of your race, religion, national origin, or, in emergencies, your ability to pay.

Complete Information
You must be given complete, up-to-date information about your condition, treatment and chances for recovery. You also have the right to review your medical records – after all, they are your property!

Informed Consent
You must give written permission for any procedure, test or treatment. Before you can do this, your physician must explain to you, in language you understand the following:
The advantages and risks of the procedure.
Any possible side-effects.
The consequences of not receiving treatment.
How long recovery can be expected to take.

Privacy
Personal or medical details of your condition and treatment may not be needlessly disclosed to others at any time. In most cases, you must give permission before anyone not directly involved in your case is given information about you.

Confidentiality
All communications and medical records (messages between you and your physician, hospital charts, test results, X-rays, etc.) must be kept private. You must give permission for the release of your records for specific purposes in most cases.

Acceptance for Treatment
If you request treatment at a hospital, you shouldn’t be refused or sent to another hospital without a good reason. The decision should be based on:
Whether the hospital is qualified to treat your condition.
Whether the necessary equipment is available.
Whether treating you could potentially endanger others.
Whether your condition requires immediate treatment.
Whether treatment will be of value to you.

Information about Affiliation
You have the right to know about any financial links your hospital and physician may have with other institutions. For example, if your physician recommends treatment at a specific institution, you have a right to ask if he or she is affiliated with that institution.

Acceptance or Refusal of Treatment
As a legally competent adult, you have the right to accept or refuse any medical treatment.

Refusal of Experimental Treatment
In some cases, physicians may recommend experimental therapies, medication or other courses of treatment. You must be told if your proposed treatment is experimental and what the potential results and risks are. You may refuse to participate in any research if you do not wish to – it’s your choice!

Knowledge of Hospital Regulations
You should be told about the rules which govern conduct in the hospital – for example, regulations about visitors, smoking, meals, movement in the hospital, etc.

Information about Continuing Care
Before scheduling any treatment, you should be told when and where a physician will be available. This may save you the trouble and expense of long waits or long trips for treatment. You must also be told what treatment may be needed after discharge from the hospital.

Information about your medical fees
You have a right to receive a copy of your bill and to know the charges for each service you receive.

Remember, that you can demand your rights, only if you are aware of them! more  

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Min of Health& F W N Delhi need to take steps, like Consumer's Right more  
Useful information thanx
On 25 Sep 2015 13:50, "Anshu Saxena" <support@localcirclesmail.com> wrote:

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PRIMARY HEALTH CENTERS NEED TO BE MADE ACTIVE AND STRENGTHENED TO MAKE THE GOVT. HOSPITALS WORK BETTER. NOW HUGE MASSES RUSH TO THE GOVT. HOSPITALS AND CROWD. THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM IS NOT ABLE TO COPE UP WITH THE RUSH AND QUALITY OF MEDICAL SERVICE BECOMES POOR AND RIDDEN WITH ALL MAL PRACTICES.

FEARING POOR QUALITY OF SERVICE IN GOVT. HOSPITALS PEOPLE GO TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS. MOST PRIVATE HOSPITALS ARE RUN AS BUSINESS HOUSES WITH SOLE AIM OF MINTING MONEY. WELFARE AND HEALTH OF THE PUBIC IS A VERY SECONDARY ISSUE.
IF A PERSON FALLS ON ROAD WHILE WALKING, DUE TO HEART ATTACK. PUBLIC TAKES HIM TO NEARBY PRIVATE HOSPITAL. NO MEDICAL RELIEF WILL BE GIVEN TO HIM, TILL SOME ONE DEPOSITS MONEY FOR THE CURE. THE PERSON MAY NOT BE LUCKY TO WAIT THAT LONG AND MAY DIE IN THE LOBBY OF HOSPITAL, WAITING FOR TREATMENT. GOVERNMENT NEED TO REGULATE THE WORKING OF PRIVATE HOSPITALS. SAME IS THE CASE WITH THE ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND MEDICO LEGAL CASES. AT LEAST EMERGENCY SERVICES SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ALL, WITHOUT ANY IFFS AND BUTS, AND WITHOUT ASKING FOR MONEY AND FORMALITIES. more  
A good educative message. This is to be displayed in each and every clinic, hospital in English, Hindi and vernacular language for the guidance of patients. It should also convey the name, address, phone number and e mail ID of the authority with whom we can take up the short comings for suitable penalty/ punishment for the wrong doers, whether individual or group or trust or company according treatment to patients. more  
thanks. But the main problem is the cost which no government is ready to fix.Next the tests even the dying has to undergo. Thirdly the treatment on dead body. There must be a regulation to investigate the time of death to ascertain the treatment on dead body by cheating with oxygen cylinder. more  
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