Vietnam: Patients have the right to refusal of medical treatment

According to Article 12 of the Law on Medical Examination and Treatment 2009 of Vietnam, patients have the rights to refusal of medical treatment and discharge from medical examination and treatment establishments.

According to the above provision, patients have the right to refuse testing, use of drugs and application of treatment techniques or methods and leave medical examination and treatment establishments when treatment is not completed.

In these cases, the patient must make written commitment on personal responsibility for such refusal or written commitment to take personal responsibility for such leaving.

However, patients shall not have the rights to refuse testing, use of drugs and application of treatment techniques or methods and leave medical examination and treatment establishments in the following cases:

- Suffering a group-A infectious disease under the law on prevention and control of infectious diseases;

- Suffering a mental disease in a state of loss of self-control or depression which gives rise to the idea or act of committing suicide or causing danger to others under law.

View details at the Law on Medical Examination and Treatment 2009 of Vietnam, effective from January 01, 2011.

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