Need for Magna Carta of Patient Rights & Obligations pushed

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

In the wake of the controversy over Dengvaxia, a vaccine to prevent and contain dengue spread in the country, Rep. Bernadette Herrera Dy of Bagong Henerasyon Partylist and chairman of the committee on public information, pushed for the Magna Carta on Patients’ Rights and Obligations, a measure she authored at the lower chamber.

 

In a statement, Herrera-Dy said the “unraveling Dengvaxia debacle clearly shows the need for and effective enforcement of a Magna Carta of Patient Rights and Obligations as embodied in House Bill 1038 which I authored and filed.”

 

“It is the only measure of its kind right now in the House of Representatives. I, as Member of the House Committee on Health, ask President Duterte to certify it as urgent and for the House and Committee leadership to expedite its passage,” she said.

 

The bill lays down a range of patients’ rights like:  1) Right to Informed Consent; 2) Right to Choose a Physician/ Health Institution; 3) Right to be Informed of His Rights and Obligations as a Patient; 4) Right to Dignity; 5) Right to Privacy and Confidentiality; 6) Right to Refuse Participation in Medical Research; 7) Right to Medical Records; and 8) Right to Correspondence and to Receive Visitors.

 

These rights are balanced by obligations, such as: 1) Report Unexpected Health Changes; 2) Understand the Purpose and Cost of Treatment; 3) Accept the Consequences of Own Informed Consent; 4) Settle Financial Obligations; 5) Respect a Physician’s Refusal to Treat Him; at 6) Report Infractions and Exhaust Grievance Mechanism.

 

Every hospital, clinic, health center, or other medical facility must have a card, flyer, or poster clearly explaining the patient rights and obligations in Filipino, English, and the local language, she emphasized.

 

 

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