Vol VII, Issue 3 Date of Publication: July 23, 2022
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2021.095

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Patients’ rights in India: betraying the public trust

Sunil Nandraj
Pallavi Gupta
Writing a book on a subject like “patient’s rights” is challenging, as it can be perceived as threatening by healthcare providers, especially in the context of present-day privatisation and commercialisation of healthcare services. The relationship between healthcare providers and patients is a sensitive one. Issues of human rights violation in healthcare ─ such as denial of services, discriminations against patients based on the nature of diseases, caste and financial status, high charging practices, and inadequate quality of services ─ have been highlighted repeatedly in India. In 2019, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, shared with all the States/Union Territories a ‘Charter of Patients’ Rights’ for adoption and implementation, which was further updated in 2021(1).

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