Understanding Your Legal Rights as a Patient

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 Welcome to our in-depth live course on understanding patient rights in India. In this program, we will guide you through the various legal provisions and rights of the patients in the country. It is essential for both healthcare professionals and patients to be well-versed in these rights to ensure ethical, transparent, and quality healthcare practices. 


Course Content


1. Introduction to Patient Rights

• Overview of patient rights in India

• Constitutional foundation: Article 21 of the Constitution of India

• Recognition by the Supreme Court


2. Legal Framework for Patient Rights

• Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations 2002

• The Consumer Protection Act

• Drugs and Cosmetic Act 1940

• Indian Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code

• Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act


• Clinical Establishment Act 2010


3. Specific Patient Rights and Legal Provisions

• Right to Information

• Right to Records and Reports

• Right to Emergency Medical Care

• Right to Informed Consent

• Right to Confidentiality, Human Dignity, and Privacy

• Right to Second Opinion

• Right to Transparency in Rates and Care as per Prescribed Rates

• Right to Non-Discrimination

• Right to Safety and Quality Care According to Standards

• Right to Choose Alternative Treatment Options if Available

• Right to Choose Source for Obtaining Medicines or Tests

• Right to Proper Referral and Transfer, Free from Perverse Commercial Influences

• Right to Protection for Patients Involved in Clinical Trials

• Right to Protection of Participants Involved in Biomedical and Health Research

• Right to Take Discharge of Patient, or Receive Body of Deceased from Hospital

• Right to Patient Education

• Right to be Heard and Seek Redressal

• Right to File a Case Against Doctor in Consumer Court for Compensation or in Police Station for Jail Term

• Right to Complaint to Medical Council for Cancellation of Doctor’s Licence

• Rights of Mentally Ill Persons


In this course, we will go over all of the rights as well as legal provisions and case laws in a step-by-step manner.


Instructor Bio:


Dr. Indrajit Khandekar
MD (Forensic Medicine & Toxicology), LLB
A forensic expert and lawyer specialising in Medical Negligence, Medical Records, Patient Consent, and Patient’s Rights.

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What Will You Learn?

  • Your Rights as a Patient: Explore the constitutional and legal foundations that protect your rights as a patient in India.
  • Exploring the Complexities of Healthcare: Learn how to deal with healthcare systems with confidence, understand medical terminology, and actively participate in your healthcare decisions.
  • Laws Safeguarding You: Gain insights into key laws, including the Consumer Protection Act and Indian Medical Council Regulations, that directly impact your rights and safety as a patient.
  • Specific Patient Rights: Learn about your individual rights, such as access to information, confidentiality, emergency care, and more, in a language that is easily understandable.
  • Being Your Own Advocate: Develop the skills to advocate for your rights, seek redressal in case of violations, and communicate effectively with healthcare providers.
  • Mental Health Awareness: Learn about the rights of people dealing with mental health issues in the healthcare system.
  • Course Format: Engage in online live lectures, Q&A sessions, and interactive learning activities.

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