Health care systems are based on common law, which is laws made by courts as well as by legislatures. Common law in health care systems is based on the principles of negligence. Negligence is when a health care provider fails to provide the necessary care that a patient requires. This could be due to the health care provider not providing accurate information, not providing proper treatment, or not providing timely care. For example, if a doctor prescribed a medication that was not suitable for a patient, or if a nurse failed to monitor a patient's vital signs, these could be considered negligence and the patient could take legal action. Common law also ensures that health care providers are held accountable for their actions.
Mar, 17 2023