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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Rights of Patients

Pin Lean Lau

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 October 2020

Subject(s):
Citizens' rights — Bill of rights — Data protection — Dignity and autonomy of individuals — Right to life — Right to privacy — Patients

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The rights of patients are an integral component in the field of medical ethics and the provision of healthcare and medical services. Where medical ethics began as early as the time of Hippocrates (Zaidi) and is focused on the obligations and responsibilities of medical professionals, the recognition of patients’ rights only began to emerge in the 20th century. 2 The right to health is currently accepted as one of the fundamental and basic human rights in all contemporary societies. In his statement of 10 December 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO)...
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