Rights and Responsibilities
After reading the blog entry "Big Doctor is watching you" at http://angrydr.blogspot.com/
it reminded me of something that I came across during my study.
In Australia, diabetic patients are given brochures that list out their Rights and Responsibilities :
"As a person with diabetes, you have rights to...
Professional health services and treatment with access to diabetes educators, dietitians, podiatrists, eye specialists and diabetes specialists plus confidentiality of your personal health care records.
Easily accessible diabetes information, educational support and appropriate medical supplies.
Free syringes and pen needles, and significant savings on testing strips through the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS).
A clear explanation of your condition and ongoing health professional support with access to an interpreter service if required.
A second medical opinion about your diabetes treatment if so desired.
A career of your choice, appropriate job training, life and health insurance cover and most civil licenses and permits. If these are denied, contact Diabetes Australia or your doctor to check whether the exclusion is justified. (Some restrictions apply in certain lines of work that may place you and others in danger in the case of hypoglycemia).
Specialized diabetes care when in hospital for other health problems and when medical or surgical procedures are planned or performed. In such an event, ask to see a diabetes specialist and a diabetes educator.
Be responsible for your own insulin injections and blood glucose monitoring when in hospital, with supervision or assistance if required.
Make the final decision to accept recommended treatment from a health professional.
Your responsibilities are to . . .
Take charge of your own diabetes management with the assistance of your health care team at those times when you have concerns or need advice.
To register with the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) through Diabetes Australia to be eligible to receive free syringes ,pen needles and savings on the purchase of testing strips.
Record and remind your general practitioner when your follow-up visits for regular checkups are due (listed above).
Declare your diabetes when applying for insurance, licenses and permits. Failure to do so may render your insurance policy or driving license invalid.
Declare your diabetes to your employer. Failure to do so may render you ineligible for workers’ compensation.
Dispose of sharps (syringes, needles and lancets) responsibly and safely. Contact Diabetes Australia, your local council or pharmacy about free services now available in many localities and more information about sharps disposal. "
You would never find such things in Singapore. Singaporeans are just not mature enough to take any responsibility for themselves.
I went home and told my daughter that at home she has rights eg the right to go to the toilet unrestricted, the right to go to her room whenever she wants, etc, but she also has responsibilities eg to prevent things from being damaged, to keep the house clean etc. My 4 year old daughter predictably replied "I don't understand what you are saying Dad." But at least she was willing to listen to me explain further.
Most grown men and women that consult me, would go "I am a layman I don't understand such things" and then refuse to learn further.
And then they are the ones who would complain that they have no rights and that the doctor dictates what they do, what medicine they take. But yet when it comes to taking responsibilities, they respond like a 4 year old.
Looks like we can't win em all.