Survey Showed Different Approaches in Dealing with Medical Disputes
During a recent public opinion survey that was conducted in hopes to improve medical regulations and practices in the city has shown that majority of doctors and patients prefer different approaches in solving medical disputes that is slowly increasing in the country.
The survey which was done using online questionnaires, newspapers and interviews were done in 30 residential communities and at private and public hospitals for two weeks. More than 10,000 respondents gave their opinion in the survey. As results were tallied potential legislation is now being planned that is hoped to create a more harmonious doctor patient relationship and to protect the rights of both parties with the idea of how to resolve medical disputes are the target. The survey showed that most patients preferred to solve medical disputes through negotiation by the hospital staff then is followed by a legal arbitration and mediation from a third party. As for medical workers, they chose to do third party mediation first the followed by legal arbitration then negotiation.
In reducing medical disputes there would be an improvement in a medical workers ethics by correcting small institutional defects along with increasing a doctor’s professional skill and service. But doctors argued that changing institutional defects is the top priority as of the moment.
Both parties have shown strong support in creating credibility records of medical workers along with the implementation of tougher penalties of medical malpractice. Also legal rights of the patient must be protected including the right to information, treatment and consent.