Principles of Medical Ethics
The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of medical profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients community, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the Indian Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.
Principles of medical ethics:
- A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with respect for human dignity and rights.
- A physician shall maintain the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities.
III. Physicians shall respect the law and also recognize changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.
- A physician shall respect the rights of patients, colleagues, and other health professionals.
- A physician shall continue to study, apply the scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to medical education, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.
- A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, necessary be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the proper environment in which to provide medical care.
VII. A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health and welfare in the society.
VIII. A physician shall support access to medical care for all people, who needs help.