Public Health System - Your Rights



A good number of your rights involve your right to choose, but this is where you really have to learn to read the fine print. For example, you can choose to have a second opinion, but only if your situation meets certain requirements. You can also choose your GP and Paediatrician, but only within your own health district. You are supposed to be able to choose your specialist and always be treated by that same person, but this is usually not a reality at present. You are also supposed to be able to choose from among treatment options provided by your doctor and to refuse treatment; however, this does not apply when a risk to public health or to your own life is involved. You might also be denied such choices if doctors deem that you could be incapacitated or seriously injured by doing things your own way. So much for choices!