Introduction:

Patients have the right to have another person present while a physical examination is being performed on them
The other person present may be a family member, medical staff member or anyone else of the patient's choosing
Since 2014 the patient is entitled to the presence of another person as s/he chooses, in any medical procedure, not only during examination


Patients have the right to have another person present while a physical examination is being performed on them.

  • The other person present may be a family member, medical staff member or anyone else of the patient's choosing.
  • The option of having another medical staff member present is dependent on availability of such a staff member when the examination is being performed.
  • In 2014 the right to a chaperone was expanded, and the patient is now entitled to the presence of another person for any medical procedure.

Who is Eligible?

  • All patients.

How to Claim It?

  • Patients being examined are entitled to request the presence of a family member or anyone else of their choosing during a physical examination.

Presence of a Family Member During Doctor's Rounds

  • The law does not establish the right of a family member to be present while doctors are performing their departmental rounds, and hospitals are not obligated to permit family members to be present at those times.
  • In the event that a family member wishes to receive an explanation regarding the patient's condition, hospitals usually have procedures for requesting an appointment with a senior physician/department head during established reception hours.

Physical Examination of Minors

Please Note

  • Family members and those accompanying patients have no legal standing in the healthcare system.
  • During physical examinations of minors, the helpless, the unconscious, or the mentally ill, the patient's legal guardian or a medical staff member must be present in addition to the person performing the examination.

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