Patient Rights In Canada:
When discussing patients’ rights in the context of the Canadian health care system, it is important to distinguish between “collective” rights and “individual” rights and entitlements.
- Collective rightsare broad principles relating to the general societal obligation to make reasonable access to health care available for the entire population. What is reasonable in terms of the number and range of provided services depends on political, social and economic factors. Collective rights also relate to equal access to health care for all those living in a country or other geopolitical areas.
- Individual rights and entitlements, on the other hand, refer to the application of the health care system at the patient or consumer level; in other words, what individuals are entitled to and can expect at various stages of the health care system when they interact with health care providers and institutions. These rights include rights to information, privacy, confidentiality, and consent to treatment.
The Canada Health Act: https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/PDF/C-6.pdf