Patients have the right to receive appropriate health care regardless of age, sex, ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic status. Health care professionals may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.
Patients have the right to be well informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc., and to decide whether to give consent.
Medical records and health care information needs to be kept confidential and cannot be released without consent of the patient or can be released as directed by law.
When dispute arises in relation with patients’ health care, patients have the right to consult with the Korean Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency in addition to the usual legal rights as a citizen.