PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS YOUR RIGHTS AS A PATIENT

As a patient at RSJMC, we strive to keep you well informed, encourage participation in your treatment choices, and promote continuous open communication with your health care team. As a patient and partner, we encourage you to learn about patient rights and responsibilities during your stay at our hospital. (World Medical Association Declaration of Rights of the Patient - Adopted from the 34th World Medical Assembly Urban, Portugal, September/October 1981 and amended by the 47th General Assembly Bali, Indonesia, September 1995)



Right to Medical Care of Good Quality

Every person is entitled without discrimination to appropriate medical care and continuity of health care. He/She has the right to be cared for by a physician whom he/she knows is free to make clinical and ethical judgments without any outside interference. He/She is always treated in accordance with his/her best interests and in accordance with universally approved medical principles. The physician is ultimately responsible for delivery of quality medical services.



Right to Freedom of Choice

Every person has the right to choose his/her physician of (consistent with the bylaws, policies of Makati Medical Center) and the right to ask for the opinion of another physician at any phrase of the care without fear of compromise of the care.



Right to Self- determination

Every person has the right to make free decisions regarding himself/herself. a mentally competent adult patient has the right to give of withhold comment to any diagnostic/treatment procedure or therapy. The patient has the right to the information necessary to make decisions regarding care plan. The patient has the right to refuse to participate in research of teaching of medicine.



Right to information

The patient has the right to receive information about himself/herself. Exceptionally, information may be withheld from the patient when this information would create a serious hazard to his/her life or health. The patient has the right not to be informed on his/her explicit request, unless required for the protection for another person's life. The patient has the right to choose who, if anyone, should be informed on his/her behalf.



Right to Confidentiality

All identifiable information about a patient's health status, medical condition, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment and all other information of a personal kind, must be kept confidential, even after death. Exceptionally, descendants may have a right of access to information that would inform them of their health risks. Confidential information may be disclosed only upon patient's explicit consent or if expressly provided for in the low.



Right to Health Education

Every person has the right to health education that will assist in making informed choices about personal health and about the available health services.



Right to Dignity

The patient's dignity and right to privacy shall be respected at all times in medical care and teaching, and consistent with his/her culture and values. He/She is entitled to humane terminal care and to be provided with all available assistance in ensuring dying as dignified and comfortable process.



Right to Religious Assistance

The patient has the right to receive (or decline) spiritual and moral comfort including counsel of a minister of his/her chosen religion.



RIGHTS OF UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT

If the patient is unconscious or otherwise unable to express his/her will, informed consent must be obtained whenever possible, from a legally entitled representative.



RIGHTS OF LEGALLY INCOMPETENT PATIENT

If a patient is a minor or otherwise legally incompetent, the consent of a legally entitled representative is required. Nevertheless the patient must be involved in the decision making to the fullest allowed by his/her capacity or circumstance.

If a legally incompetent patient can make rational choices, decisions must be respected and he/she has the right to forbid disclosure of information to his/her legally entitled representative.

If the patient's legally entitled representative, (a person authorized by the patient, forbids treatment which is, in the opinion of the physician, in the patient's best interest, the physician should challenge this decision before the proper forum in case of emergency the physician will act in the patient's best interest.



PROCEDURES AGAINST THE PATIENT'S WILL

Diagnostics procedures or treatment against the patient's will can be carried out only in exceptional cases. if specifically permitted by law and conforming to the principles or medical ethics in such cases, informed consent is secured from need of kin whenever possible