PATIENT’S RIGHTS describes experience of the author with patients, highlighting the need
for the recognition of their rights.
Today there is no law which provides for the rights of a
patient in India. In the United States and Europe efforts were being made to convert patient’s
right into action in the form of Legislation.
This has now been done. However, no serious effort
is being made in India on this subject. In order to complete the basic list of Rights, the author
has referred to more than a thousand publications including the bill of rights passed by the US
Senate, the Declaration of Patient’s Rights by the World Health Organisation in Europe and
several articles on the subject from reputed international journals, mostly written by doctors,
nurses and paramedical staff who were concerned and are most likely to protect patients from
infringement of their rights.
The best way to get better services is to educate the customer.
Medical practice in India and all over the world is deteriorating due to commercialisation.
enlightened patient, who is aware of his rights, chooses his physician or surgeon on the basis
of how well he protects the patient’s rights, medical practice will become much more friendly
Advice regarding choice of physician, choice of a hospital and how to
obtain quality medical care are included. This edition is intended to update developments in
this area due to advancements in techniques as also in technology.