Commentary: Can you call a doctor and ask about your loved one’s condition?

7/11/2019

Commentary: Can you call a doctor and ask about your loved one's condition?

(TDY Online, 4 Nov) Desmond Wai, a gastroenterologist and hepatologist in private practice wrote about the guidelines that MOH recently released regarding the disclosure of medical information over the phone by medical practitioners. He highlighted that the latest guidelines are not new as these rules are already listed in the 2016 SMC Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines. While the guidelines may sound legalistic and regimental, Dr Wai hopes that the public will understand that SMC and MOH rules disallow doctors from disclosing medical information to anyone, unless there is documented patient's consent, and that these are rules that doctors must abide by, as the penalty for not doing so can be hefty.

 

Click here to read the news (Today Online).

Click here to read the guidelines listed in 2016 SMC Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines.

 

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