Patients have the right to decide where they want to buy medicines from or where they want to get tests done from. 1.This ensures that no limit to a patient’s options while choosing pharmaceutical brands or medicines. For example, if a doctor forces you to buy overpriced medicines for the purpose of earning a commission, you have the right to refuse such medicines. Further, patients can get tests done from any diagnostic centre/laboratory accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Laboratories (NABL). You can check for a list of accredited laboratories here.
The doctor or hospital administration must inform patients regarding the information given above. No one can force a patient to buy medicines or do tests from a particular facility. Further, this should not result in unfair treatment if the patient decides to choose their own facility or medicine store.1
- Charter Patient Rights, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare