Patients Rights and Responsibilities


Robert Ray Courtney was a former pharmacist born in 1952 in Hays Kansas and initially owned and operated the Research Medical Tower Pharmacy that was in Kansa city. He was later convicted in 2002 to the federal prison for involvement in pharmaceutical fraud and illegal activities of purchasing pharmaceuticals from the grey market and using them at his pharmacy to fill patient’s prescriptions and at the same time diluted the prescriptions, an act that led to 300 suits and wrongful deaths. Between 1990 and 2001, Courtesy was found by law enforcement to have diluted 98,000 prescriptions that were prescribed to 4200 patients.

Patient’s Rights and Expectations

Patents have a lot of expectations from the health care service providers or organizations. This is because they entrust their health and life in the hands of the pharmacists or health care practitioners and always don’t expect gambling with their life. Equally, patients have their own personal rights that must be respected by the practitioners.

These rights include:

1) The right to be treated with respect

Every patient has a right to be treated and attended to with respect and without any bias irrespective of their health conditions, race and social status. Patients have the right to withdraw from treatment from any practitioners any moment they feel this right is violated.

2) The right to make treatment choice

Any patient of sound mind has the right and responsibility to be informed of all the available options of hospitals and medical practitioners that can handle the health condition so that they can make their choices on the one they are comfortable to visit.

3) Right to obtain your medical records

According to the United States HIPAA Act of 1999, patients have the rights to access

their medical records that range from medical tests, doctors notes, prescriptions and any other documentations that concern to their care at any time they needs them.

4) Right to Privacy of your medical records

The HPAA Act 1999 also stipulates that the rights for their medical record to remain private to them and not be disclosed to any undeserving people. This consent of disclosure to third parties can only be given by the patient.

5) The right to Informed Consent

This right stipulates that no practitioners or facilities are allowed to perform any medical procedures without asking the patient or the guardian to acknowledge and sign a form of giving consent called ‘informed consent’. This is to make the patient aware of all the risks involved.

6) The right to refuse treatment

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