Patients need to know their rights to treatment options

Recent case throws wide issue of whether a doctor or dentist needs to tell a patient about alternative treatments before deciding on one course of action

Things promise to be better in the medical field as more clarity is emerging on what constitutes good medical practice in doctor-patient interactions and the nature of serious offences.

The workgroup on informed consent and disciplinary process for doctors has submitted its detailed report which has been accepted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and is expected to be implemented by this year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2020, with the headline 'Patients need to know their rights to treatment options'. Print Edition | Subscribe