med_juris_lect.ppt | Negligence | Physician

LEGAL MEDICINE

• -branch of medicine that deals with the application of medical knowledge to the purposes of law and in the administration of justice

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE
• deals with the aspect of law and legal concepts in relation with the practice of medicine

MEDICAL JURISPRUDENCE includes:
• Licensure and regulatory laws; • Physician-patient-hospital relationship together with the other paramedical personnel, their rights, duties and obligations; • Liabilities for non-compliance with the law.

PURPOSES
• To protect the public from charlatans; • To promote professionalism and foster professional interrelationship; • To develop awareness of the rights, duties and obligations of the patient, physician, and the hospital; • To control the increasing number of medical malpractice suits against physicians; • To explain the purpose and procedure of certain legislation; • To study the need to amend, repeal our health care laws in harmony with the recent scientific and social development.

ADVERSARIAL TRIAL SYSTEM
• Philippine courts is a court litigation where there is competition of inconsistent version of facts and theories in law during trial; • Each party to the contest is given equal opportunity to investigate the case, gather and present all proofs in support of his allegation, and give argument that his contention is correct ; • Ultimate purpose is for a just solution.

The lawyer aims to win the fight not to help the court discover facts or establish the truth.” .• “…….it often undermines the pursuit of truth as the opposing parties seek to win at all cost without the obligation to reveal the facts which may be detrimental to their case.

BP. Rules and Regulation • Local customs • Generally accepted principles of International law . Letters.SOURCES OF LAW • Constitution • Laws enacted by the legislative body • Decrees. Proclamation. RA • Administrative acts. CA. orders. Orders.

.LAW AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE • The State must maintain high standard of practice by setting up rules and regulations with regards to qualifications and procedure for the admission to the profession. These are legal safeguards to guarantee the safety of the patient and impose liability to the practitioner who through his act or omission causes damage or injury to the health and welfare of the patient. • The right to regulate the practice of medicine is based on the police power of the state.

LICENSURE AND REGULATORY LAWS • • • • • • • • • • • ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES BOARD OF MEDICAL EDUCATION Primarily concerned with the standardization and regulation of medical education PROFESSIONAL REGULATIONS COMMISSIONS To have general supervision and regulation of all professions requiring examinations which includes the practice of medicine BOARD OF MEDICINE Its primary duties are to give examinations for the registration of physicians and supervision. control and regulation of the practice of medicine .

Bureau of Private Schools Chairman. 4.Secretary of Education Members . . UP-College of Medicine Functions: 1. 5. Board of Medicine Representative. 2. 3. To determine and prescribe the minimum required curriculum. To accept applications for admission to a medical school. prescribe and enforce the necessary rules and regulations.APMC Dean. To determine and prescribe the requirements for admission into a recognized college of Medicine.Secretary of Health Director. 8. determine and approve hospitals for training. 6. To authorize the implementation of experimental curriculum. To select. PMA Council of Deans. To determine and prescribe requirements for the minimum physical facilities.BOARD OF MEDICAL EDUCATION • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Composition: Chairman . To promulgate. 7. To determine and prescribe the minimum number and qualifications of teaching personnel.

PROFESSIONAL REGULATIONS COMMISSION • Composition: Commissioner Two Associate Commissioner • Exercise of Power and Functions of the Commission -exercise general administrative. executive and policymaking functions for the whole agency .

.Natural-born citizen. Qualifications: . .Duly-registered physician. .Not a member of any faculty of any medical school (including any pecuniary interest).BOARD OF MEDICINE • • • • • • • • • Composition: Six members appointed by the president from a list submitted by the Executive Council of the PMA.Of good moral character and of recognized standing in the medical profession as certified by PMA. • .In the practice of medicine for at least 10 years. .

4. To suspend. 9. rules and regulations in harmony with the provisions of the Medical Act of 1959 and necessary for the proper practice of medicine. correction and registration. 2. revoke or reissue certificate of registration for causes provided by law or by the rules and regulations promulgated. Functions and Responsibilities: • • • • • • • 1. To promulgate decisions on such administrative cases subject to the review of the Commission. 8. To administer oath. To issue certificate of registration. 3. To study the conditions affecting the practice of medicine. 7. subpoena and subpoena duces tecum. To investigate violations.Powers. To determine and prepare the contents of the licensure examinations. with the approval of PRC. To promulgate such rules and regulations for the proper conduct of the examinations. 5. 6. To conduct hearings or investigations of administrative cases filed before them. issue summons.To promulgate. • • • . 10.

at least 21 years of age • 2. Proper Educational Background Requirements for Admission in the College of Medicine Holder of a Bachelor‟s degree. Minimum age requirement • . Certificate of Eligibility from the Board of Medical Education. Good moral character . . Not convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.ADMISSION TO THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE Prerequisites: • 1.

Of good moral character.documentary evidence confirmed by the DFA showing that his country‟s existing laws permit citizens of the Philippines to practice medicine under the same rules and regulations governing citizens thereof (RECIPROCITY RULE). -Have completed the first two years of the medical course. . Examination Requirements . .• 3.must have passed the corresponding Board Examination • Preliminary Examination -At least 19 years of age. • Final or Complete Examination -Citizen of the Philippines or of any country who has submitted competent and conclusive .

Holder of certificate of registration • No issuance to any candidate who has been: -Convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction of any crime involving moral turpitude.• 4. -Declared to be of unsound mind. . -Found guilty of immoral or dishonorable conduct after investigation by the Board of Medicine.

Ethics and Medical • Jurisprudence Scope of Examination: .Anatomy and Histology • Physiology • Biochemistry • Microbiology and Parasitology • Final .• Preliminary .Pharmacology and Therapeutics • Pathology • Medicine • Obstetrics and Gynecology • Pediatrics and Nutrition • Surgery and Ophthalmology. • Otorhinolaryngology • Preventive Medicine and Public Health • Legal Medicine.

• It is diagnosing and applying and the usage of medicine and drugs for curing. mitigating. . the Medical Act of 1959 as amended which has been promulgated by the State in the exercise of police power to protect its citizenry from unqualified practitioners of medicine. that is. or relieving bodily disease or conditions.PRACTICE OF MEDICINE • What is the “practice of medicine”? • It is a privilege or franchise granted by the State to any person to perform medical acts upon • compliance with law.

III of the Medical Act of 1959 as amended): .10.ACTS CONSTITUTING THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE (pursuant to Sec. Art.

prescribed or recommended. cards. physical. . real or imaginary. treat. • B) who shall by means of signs. television or any other means of communication. or even without the same. psychical condition or any ailment. operate or prescribe any remedy for human disease.• A) who shall for compensation. or through the radio. fee. advertisement.D. physically examine any person. written or printed matter. and diagnose. operate. deformity. injury. • C) who shall falsely use the title of M. or prescribe any remedy for human disease. shall be considered as engaged in the practice of medicine. mental. physical. either offer or undertake by any means or method to diagnose. deformity. mental or psychical condition. treat. after his name. regardless of the nature of the remedy or treatment administered. reward in any form paid to him directly or through another. injury.

• d) Nurse anesthesist . • c) Hospital. • b) Application of medicated massage.• By DECISIONS OF COURTS are not considered to constitute practice of medicine: • a) One who takes bp reading.

Art. III. nurse or midwife are not available.Exemptions • • • • • • By PROVISIONS OF LAW are not considered to constitute practice of medicine (Sec. c) physiotherapist. b) dentist.11. d) optometrist. Prosthetist. g) Clinical psychologist with the prescription and direct supervision of a physician. Medical Act of 1959 as amended): a) Any medical student duly enrolled in an approved medical college. f) Any person who administers or recommends any household remedy as per classification of existing Pharmacy Laws. • • • . e) Any person who renders any service gratuitously in cases of emergency or in places where the services of a physician.

not deemed to be a practice of medicine but part of his religious freedom. • -Related to constitutional guarantee to religious freedom (freedom to believe and freedom to act in accordance with one‟s belief).Faith Healing -There is nothing in the Medical Act of 1959 exempting it from the definition of the acts which constitute practice of medicine. . • -Acted in pursuance of his religious belief and with the tenets of his church he professes.

Penalties • Pursuant to Sec. or by both such fine and imprisonment. Medical Act of 1959 as amended – Any person found guilty of “illegal practice” shall be punished by a fine of not less than one thousand pesos or more than ten thousand pesos with subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency or by imprisonment of not less than one year no more than five years. Art. in the discretion of the court.ILLEGAL PRACTICE OF MEDICINE • Practice of medicine by any person not qualified and not duly-admitted to perform medical acts in compliance with law. IV. .28.

• 1. III. Those who have complied with the prerequisites to the practice of medicine in accordance with Sec. . Art. Medical Act of 1959 as amended. 8.

Attached to international bodies to perform certain definite work in the Phils.12. Art. Medical Act of 1959 as amended: Exclusive consultation in specific and definite cases.• 2. III. Exchange professors in special branches of medicine. graduates of medicine and registered nurses who may be given limited and special authorization by the DOH. . Commissioned medical officers stationed in the Phils in their own territorial jurisdiction. Those who can have limited practice without any certificate of registration in accordance with Sec. Medical students who have completed the first four years of medical course.

Have registered with PRC and paid their professional fee. Allowing Former Filipino Professionals to Practice Their Respective Professions in the Philippines • Proviso: • . • . “Balikbayan” Physicians pursuant to PD 541.• 3. .Of good standing prior to their departure and in their adopted country. • Pay the corresponding income tax.

Medical Act of 1959 as amended.11(a) and Sec. Limited practitioners of medicine • .Those that are governed by specific licensure laws . Foreign physicians qualified to practice by Reciprocity Rule or by endorsement.12(d). Medical Students pursuant to Sec.III. Art. • 5.• 4. • 6.

• -Deprivation of free choice of physicians .Rationale why artificial persons cannot practice medicine • -Cannot be subjected to licensure examinations as required by law. . • -Professional relationship between the patient and the physician will be impaired. • -Practice of medicine may be employed and controlled by unqualified physicians.

is legally licensed to practice medicine by the responsible authorities and is capable of undertaking the prevention.PHYSICIAN • “…. diagnosis.” (WHO) .. at the successful completion of which.is a person who after completing his secondary education follows a prescribed course of medicine at a recognized university or medical school. and treatment of human illness by the exercising independent judgment and without supervision.

defined. and by which these powers are distributed among the several departments for their safe and useful exercise for the benefit of the body politic.• According to Justice Malholm • “ CONSTITUTION is that written instrument enacted by direct actions of the people by which the fundamental powers of the government are established.” .

606) . and to establish certain first principles on which the government is founded.Purpose • To prescribe the permanent framework of a system of government. (11Am. to assign to the several departments their respective powers and duties. Jur.

ESSENTIAL PARTS OF A CONSTITUTION Constitution of Liberty Constitution of Government Constitution of Sovereignty .

• AMENDMENT isolated or piecemeal change in the constitution while REVISION is the revamp or the rewriting of the entire instrument .

to give something or to render some service(Art.is the meeting of minds between two persons whereby one binds himself with respect to the other. NCC) .PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP • Contract .1305.

based on mutual trust and confidence .based on mutual consent both parties • Fiduciary .Nature of the relationship • Consensual .

1319NCC) • Object – the subject matter of the contract which is the medical service which the patient wants to be rendered to him by his physician • Cause – is the consideration or the factor that instigated the physician to render the medical service to the patient.Requisites of a contractual relationship • Consent – manifested by the meeting of the offer and the acceptance upon the thing and the cause which are to constitute the contract (Art. which could be remuneratory or an act of liberality • .

Expressed – explicitly stated orally or in writing 2. Inferred by law as a matter of reason and justice for their acts or conduct .Implied – the existence can be inferred from the acts of the contracting parties.Forms of Physician-Patient Relationship 1.

• 2. Casual consultation in an unordinary place. Physician appointed by court to examine the accused. In performing an autopsy. PE for eligibility for insurance. • 3. .Some Instances where there is no Physician-Patient Relationship by DECISIONS OF COURTS • 1. • 4. Pre-employment PE for purposes of determining whether an applicant is suitable for employment. • 5.

• PSYCHOLOGICAL PATTERNS OF PHYSICIANPATIENT RELATIONSHIP • ACTIVITY-PASSIVITY RELATION • No interaction between physician and patient because the patient is unable to contribute activity. • GUIDANCE-COOPERATION RELATION • Patient is conscious and suffering from pain. he seeks help and willing to cooperate. . anxiety and other distressing symptoms. The physician is in a position of trust. • MUTUAL PARTICIPATION RELATION • It is in the nature of a negotiated agreement between equal parties. This is characteristic in an emergency cases when the patient is unconscious.

DUTIES and OBLIGATIONS Imposed on the Physician in the Physician-Patient Relationship .

He has the duty to observe utmost good faith.• 1. • 4. He should posses the knowledge and skill of which an average physician is concerned. He should use such knowledge and skill with ordinary care and diligence. He is obliged to exercise the best judgment. – “locality rule” – the standard of care is measured by the degree of care in the locality – “similar locality rule” – diligence is determined when the other physicians in the locality or similar locality could have acted the same way – “national standard of care” .the diligence is determined on what is applicable on a national standard basis • 3. • General practitioner vs Specialist • 2. .

it does not imply any promise or guaranty that the treatment will benefit the patient .it does not promise that the physician will not commit errors in an honest way .it does not imply any promise or guaranty that the treatment will produce certain result .B. • .Physician-Patient relationship does not imply • • • • guaranty or any promise that the treatment will be successful .N.it does not promise or guaranty that the treatment will not harm the patient .

DUTIES and OBLIGATIONS Imposed on the Patient in the Course of the PhysicianPatient Relationship .

• 2. . He must inform the physician of what occurred in the course of the treatment. He must give an honest medical history. orders and suggestions of the physician • 4. He must cooperate and follow the instructions. • 3.• 1. • He must exercise the prudence to be expected of an ordinary patient under the same circumstances. He must state whether he understands the contemplated course of action.

STAGES OF PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP • COMMENCEMENT • It is the very time the physician is obliged to comply with the legal duties and obligations to his patient. .

– 3. The following are some ways of termination of the relationship: – 1. when the physician of choice of the patient is already available or when the condition of emergency ceases. – 9. Expiration of the period as stipulated. Mutual agreement for its termination. – 4. – 2. In emergency cases. – 8. Discharge of the physician by the patient. – 7.Recovery of the patient or when the physician considers that his medical services will no longer be beneficial to the patient. Death of either party. Fulfillment of the obligations stipulated in the contract. Incapacity of the physician – 6. – 5. .TERMINATION • It is the time when the duties and obligations by a physician to his patient ceases. Withdrawal of the physician provided: a) with consent of the patient. and b) patient is given ample time and notice.

III. bill of rights.RIGHTS OF PHYSICIAN INHERENT RIGHTS to choose patients to limit practice of medicine to determine appropriate management procedures to avail of hospital services INCIDENTAL RIGHTS right of way while responding to emergency right of exemption from execution of instruments and Library to hold certain public/private offices to perform certain services to compensation right to membership in medical societies RIGHTS GENERALLY ENJOYED BY EVERY CITIZEN Pursuant to the provisions of Art. Philippine Constitution 1987 .

Sec. • • NB: The law does not give any qualification the right of the physician to choose his patient.RIGHT TO CHOOSE PATIENTS • .2 Code of Ethics • “xxx…free to choose whom he will serve…xxx. the Code of Medical Ethics and RA 6615 provides otherwise in cases of emergency. • • Related provisions • Art II. • Cannot be compelled to accept professional employment.always respond to any request for his assistance in emergency….xxx” • . however.Any person who is given right to practice medicine is not obliged to practice medicine..

his failure to respond to it may not make him liable if in so doing.” • Sec.3 Code of Ethics • “In cases of emergency. there is a risk to his life. • Refusal of a physician to attend to a patient in danger of death is not a sufficient ground for revocation or suspension of his registration if there is a risk to the physician‟s life .12. Medical Act of 1959 • “”xxx…….a physician should administer at least first aid treatment and then refer to a more qualified and competent physician ……xxx” • Sec.are required to render immediate emergency medical assistance…xxx. xxx ….• Art.24 No. II. Sec.Although the ethical rule obliges a physician to attend to an emergency.1 RA 6615 • “All government and private hospitals…xxx .

professional ethics.RIGHT TO LIMIT HIS MEDICAL PRACTICE • • • • • • • • field of specialty private clinic or hospital within a political/geographical boundary certain days of the week/hours of the day certain class of people with due regard to dictate of conscience retirement imposed by the public. contract . law. medical society. religion.

• • RIGHT OF WAY WHILE RESPONDING TO THE CALL OF EMERGENCY .the physician has superior knowledge and the patient just follows orders or instructions and usually places himself in the command and control of the physician.RIGHT TO AVAIL OF HOSPITAL SERVICES • RIGHT TO DERTEMINE THE APPROPRIATE MANAGEMENT PROCEDURE • Doctrine of Superior Knowledge • .

RIGHT OF EXEMPTION FROM EXECUTION OF INSTRUMENTS AND LIBRARY Rule 39. Sec. Rules of Court .12.

.Membership in a medical society may be voluntary or involuntary Philippine Medical Care Act of 1969(RA 6111 as amended) provides that membership to the PMA is a requirement before a physician can practice medicine under the Medicare.Any qualified medical practitioner has the right to become a member of the PMA through one of its component society.• RIGHT TO HOLD CERTAIN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OFFICES which can only be filled up by physicians • RIGHT TO PERFORM CERTAIN SERVICES • RIGHT TO MEMBERSHIP IN MEDICAL SOCIETIES • . • .

.RIGHT TO COMPENSATION • .Based on the physician-patient contractual relationship. • .Existence of friendship does not imply gratuitous services.

xxx.Art IV. Code of Ethics • “…should willingly render gratuitous service to a colleague. 2.no one must enrich himself at the expense of others .“service rendered service paid” . be furnished the necessary traveling expenses…xxx…this provision shall not apply to physicians who are no longer in the active practice…. to his wife and minor children or even parents provided the latter are aged and being supported by the colleague.” Doctrine of Unjust Enrichment . He should however. Sec.

and the agent will share in the medical fee. Contingent Fee – depends upon the failure of the treatment instituted • Dichotomous Fee (Fee splitting) – the physician may require the services of a person who may act as agent to solicit patients. either orally or in writing • 2.Kinds of Medical Fees: • 1. Retainer Fee – measured by the space of time rendered by patient • 3. . Simple Contractual Fee – specifically stating the value of such medical service.

directly or indirectly. and other incidental expenses. .solicitation of patients. is unethical. the latter shall be responsible for the payment of hospital bill. Straight Fee – for the amount tendered by the patient to the physician. Code of Ethics “xxx….this kind of fee is unethical because the amount wagers with the unforceable contingencies . lab fees.” • 1. medicines.Art. III. through solicitors or agents. • . Sec 5.

c) The professional fee demanded is reasonable. b) The physician has rendered professional service to the patient.Method of Collection of Payment for Medical Services • 1. Judicial methods Facts to be Proven in Court a) Physician employed is duly qualified and licensed. . Extra judicial – billing or referral to a bill collection agency • 2. d) The person liable for the payment is the defendant.

3. . brothers and sisters. • Implied promise to pay the physician by the benefactor of the medical services rendered in emergency cases. medical fee shall be made from the following persons in order: 1. 4. spouse. 2. of the nearest degree.• The obligation to pay devolves on the patient himself provided he is of legal age. • NB. of sound mind and has the capacity to enter into a contractual relation. descendants. • If the patient dies or becomes legally incapacitated to pay. ascendants. of the nearest degree.

7. 2. Agreement that the service is gratuitous.Instances where the physician cannot recover professional fees: 1. 4. Waiver on the part of the physician. Rendered in private charitable institutions if expressly gratuitous to the indigent patients. Medical services rendered under a contract of employment unless expressly provided otherwise. Those covered by Phil health. 3. health centers and other similar health units. Breach of contract. 6. In government charity hospitals. 8. 5. When the physician cannot charge the patient pursuant to the Code of Ethics. .

Right to confidential information • 6. Right to give consent to diagnostic and treatment procedures • 2. Right of treatment • Right to refuse necessary treatments . Right to religious belief • 3.RIGHTS OF PATIENTS • 1. Right to disclosure of information • 5. Right to choose his physician • 7. Right of privacy • 4.

Prospect of success • 3.” . Potential danger if not applied • 4.RIGHT TO GIVE CONSENT TO DIANOSTIC PROCEDURES • Obligations of the Physician to Inform the Patient: • 1. Diagnosis • 2.patient is the final arbiter of what must be done with his body. Alternative methods of treatment • • “…. Risk involved • 2. General nature of the contemplated procedure • 1.

• 2.Bases of Consent • 1. Contractual relationship. The physician-patient relationship is fiduciary in nature. • 3. Patient‟s right to self-determination. .

To protect the patient from unnecessary/unwarranted procedure applied to him without knowledge • 2.Purposes • 1. To protect the physician from any consequences for failure to comply with legal requirements .

there is an “implied consent” or the physician is “privilege because he is reasonably entitled to assume consent • 2.Instances When Consent Is Not Necessary • 1. When the law made it compulsory for everyone to submit to the procedure . In cases of emergency.

Subject matter must be legal .Requisites of a Valid Consent • 1. Voluntary • 3. Informed or enlightened consent • 2.

Implied consent may be deduced from the conduct of the patient . Expressed consent – written or oral • 2.Forms of consent • 1.

General or Blanket consent • 2.Scope of the Consent • 1. Non-liability or exculpatory clause . Limited or conditional consent • 3.

Chances of success or failure • Consent must be given freely or voluntarily . Informed/Enlightened Consent • awareness and assent • full disclosure of facts and willingness of the patient to submit • Quantum of Information Necessary to Form the Basis of a Valid Consent • 1. • 5. Risk involved. Nature of his condition. Possible alternative methods. Natured of proposed treatment or procedure. • 2. • 3. • 4.

In the absence of parents and grandparents. . – 4. consent must be obtained from the parents. In the absence of the parents. consent of the grandparents must be obtained. Patient . eldest brother or sister. paternal grandparents having preference. – 3. – 2. provided one is of age and not disqualified by law to give consent. If patient is minor. Other person who may give consent having substitute parental authority.• Persons Who Can Give consent – 1. – 5.

. Subject matter is legal • The subject matter or procedure applied to the patient and which the patient consented must not be that which the law penalizes or against public policy.

.Doctrine of parens patriae .expressed refusal of a minor to surgery shall not prevail over the existing emergency • .NB: • . the court may grant consent for the minor.consent of minor is not valid if the procedure will not benefit him • .

RIGHT TO RELIGIOUS BELIEF • . 5. without discrimination or preference.” .Art. III . The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship. shall forever be allowed. Sec. Philippine Constitution • “No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise therof. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.

RIGHT OF PRIVACY • RIGHT OF DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION • • the physician-patient relationship being fiduciary in nature. the physician is obliged to make full and frank disclosure to the patient or any person who may act on his behalf all he pertinent facts relative to his illness .

Art.” . 1339. constitutes fraud. as when the parties are bound by confidential elations. Civil Code states that “xxx……failure to disclose pacts. when there is duty to reveal them.

be examined as to any information which he may have acquired in attending such patient in a professional capacity. Rule 130. surgery or obstetrics cannot in a civil case. or anything that may reflect upon the moral character of the person involved. 24(c).Sec. • .6. Sec. without the consent of the patient. a person authorized to practice medicine. except when it is required in the interest of justice. Ethical/Professional Confidential Information Pursuant to Art. and which would blacken the character of the patient.RIGHT OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION • • Statutory Privileged Communication Pursuant to the Rules of Court. the medical practitioner should guard as a sacred trust anything that is confidential or private in nature that he may discover or that may be communicated to him in his professional relation with his patients. public health or public safety. II. even after death. He should never divulge this confidential information. which information was necessary to enable him to act in that capacity. Code of Medical Ethics.

When the disclosure will serve public health and safety. When such disclosure is necessary to serve the best interest of justice. – 3. – 2.• Some instances where confidentiality is not applicable: – 1. When the patient waives its confidentiality. .

wherein immediate action is necessary. 1.all government and private hospital or clinics duly licensed to operate are required to render immediate medical assistance and to provide facilities and medicine within its capabilities to patients in emergency cases who are in danger of dying and or suffered serious physical injuries…xxx. 1st par. a physician should administer at least 1st aid treatment and then refer the patient to a more qualified and competent physician if the case does not fall within his particular line.” • • Art II. • • Sec.” .In emergency cases the patient has the right to treatment.3 of the Code of Medical Ethics • “In cases of emergency. RA 6615 • Provides that “xxx….RIGHT TO CHOOSE HIS PHYSICIANS RIGHT TO TREATMENT • . Sec.

• . the choice of the patient.The social commitment of the physician is to sustain life and relieve suffering.When the law provides for treatment. In the absence of the patient‟s choice or authorized proxy.In the legal sense. the State has the right to assume guardianship when the child is neglected by the parents to have the child treated. • . and parents have no right to base it on religious beliefs or any other grounds. the physician must act in the best interest of the patient .RIGHT TO REFUSE TREATMENT • . the patient has no right to refuse treatment • . should prevail. A man is the master of his own self and may expressly prohibit a life-saving surgery or medical treatment. Where the performance of one‟s duty conflicts with the other. every man of adult age and of sound mind has the right to determine what must be done in his own body. or his family or legal representative if incompetent to act on his own behalf.Doctrine of parens patria.

– Penalty: imprisonment and/or fine.”Penalty: damages . Civil Code of the Philippines and other related laws. 100. • CIVIL – Awarded against a physician to compensate for theinjury he suffered on account of the physician‟s act or omission as a breach of the contractual relationship of both parties.LIABILITIES OF PHYSICIAN • ADMINISTRATIVE – Right to practice is temporarily withdrawn from the physician. • CRIMINAL – An act or omission which constitute a crime by the physician. – Laws. – Laws: Medical Act of 1959 as amended including the Code of Ethics and Rules and Regulations of the PRC. – A valid exercise of the police power of the State. – Art. – Laws: Revised Penal Code and other special laws. – Penalty: reprimand. to revocation of license. RPC states that “ Every person criminally liable is civilly liable. suspension.

Right to hearing. and not simply accept the views of a subordinate in arriving at a decision. – 6. such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion • Administrative Due Process: – – – – – 1.ADMINISTRATIVE LIABILITIES • Quantum of evidence needed: substantial evidence. 5. Decision must be based on the evidence adduced at the hearing. 2. Tribunal must consider the evidence presented. The Board or its judges must act on its or their independent consideration of the facts and the law of the case. CIR) . or at least contained in the record and disclosed to the parties. 3. (Ang Tibay vs. 4. Decision must have something to support itself. Evidence must be substantial.

GROUNDS FOR ADMINISTRATIVE LIABILITIES Sec.24, Art.III, Medical Act of 1959 as amended

Personal Disqualifications:
– 1. Immoral or dishonorable conduct; – 2. Insanity; – 3. Gross negligence, ignorance or incompetence resulting in an injury to or death of the patient; – 4. Addiction to alcoholic beverages or to any habitforming drug rendering him incompetent to practice medicine. –

Criminal Acts:
– 1. Conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction of any criminal offense involving moral turpitude – 2. Fraud in the acquisition of the certificate of registration; – 3. Performance of or aiding in any criminal abortion – 4. Knowingly issuing false medical certificate; – 5. Aiding or acting as dummy of an unqualified or unregistered person to practice medicine.

Unprofessional Conduct
– 1. False or extravagant or unethical advertisements wherein other things than his name, profession, limitation of practice, clinic hours, office and home address, are mentioned; – 2. Issuing any statement or spreading any news or rumor which is derogatory to the character and reputation of another physician without justification; – 3. Violation of any of the Code of Ethics as approved by the PMA.

CRIMINAL LIABILITIES
• A criminal act is an outraged to the sovereignty of the State so it must be instituted in the name of the sovereign people as party-plaintiff (People of the Philippines vs X)

• Quantum of evidence is proof beyond reasonable doubt. This does not mean absolute certainty as excluding possibility of error but only mean moral certainty, or that degree which produces conviction in an unprejudiced mind (Rule 133, Sec. 2, Rules of Court)

• Presumption of Innocence and Equipoise Rule • Conviction of a physician. aside from imprisonment and/or fine. – b. The crime wherein the physician was found guilty involved moral turpitude. his registration may be cancelled or revoked if: – a. . The law imposes revocation of the license.

Art. • . would constitute a grave felony.365.Incidental to the practice of medicine: • Imprudence and Negligence.” • • Imprudence – deficiency of action or failing to take the necessary precaution once they are foreseen. shall commit any act which. by reckless imprudence. if it would have constituted a less grave felony. the penalty of arresto menor shall be imposed…xxx. if it would have constituted a light felony. shall suffer the penalty of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correctional in its medium period. Revised Penal Code • “Any person who. the penalty of arresto mayor in its minimum periods shall be imposed. had it been intentional.

doing or failing to do an act which results from from material damage by reason of inexcusable lack of precaution on the part of the person performing the act. • • Simple imprudence – consist in the lack of precaution displayed in those cases in which the damage impending to be caused is not immediate nor the danger clearly manifest. without malice. degree of intelligence. . physical condition and other circumstances regarding persons.• Reckless imprudence – voluntary.indicates a deficiency of perception or when the wrongful act maybe avoided by paying proper attention and using due diligence in foreseeing them. • • Negligence. taking into consideration his employment or occupation. time and place.

CIVIL LIABILITIES • A civil suit filed against physician and/or hospitals is premised on recovery of damages for their wrongful act or of employees. .

. Breach of Contract – physician-patient relationship – specific stipulations in the contract • In an action for breach of contract. the negligence of the doctor is not an issue. he is liable for breach of contract even though he uses the highest possible professional skill. for if the doctor makes contract to effect a cure and fails to do so.Cause of action for damages is based on: • 1.

Tort(Quasi-delict ) • .Primary basis is negligence or fault of the physician as the one directly responsible for the injury sustained by the patient • . .Ordinarily.• 2.Legal wrongdoing independent of a contract • . any malpractice action is based on torts or quasi-delict in as much as negligence is usually a ground for injury.

is called quasi-delict…xxx. is obliged to pay for the damage done. Such fault or negligence . 2176 of the Civil Code provides that “Whoever by act or omission causes damage to another. there being fault or negligence.” .• Art. if there is no pre-existing contractual relation between the parties.

as to treatment in a manner contrary to accepted standards of medicine resulting to injury to the patient. • Criminal medical malpractice. . • 2. • 3. The physician has a duty to the patient. skill and diligence. The failure of the physician is the proximate cause of the injury sustained by the patient. injury was sustained by the patient. • Elements: • 1. The physician failed to perform such duty to his patient. the act or omission complained of must be punishable by law at the time of commission or omission. As a consequence of the failure.MEDICAL MALPRACTICE – failure of a physician to properly perform the duty which devolves upon him in his professional relation to his patient which results to injury. • 4. – It may be defined as bad or unskillful practice of medicine resulting to injury of the patient or failure on the part of the physician to exercise the degree of care.

The cause or the wrongful act of the physician must be efficient and must not be too remote from the development of the injury suffered by the patient. • – 1. There must be a direct physical connection between the wrongful act of the physician and the injury sustained by the patient.• Proximate Cause – is that cause. The result must be the natural continuous and probable consequences. produces the injury and without which the result would not have occurred. – 3. unbroken by an efficient intervening cause. in natural continuous sequence. – 2. . which.

there may be an efficient intervening cause which is the proximate cause of the injury. .• Doctrine Cause of Efficient Intervening In the causal connection between the negligence of the physician and the injury sustained by the patient.

LEGAL PRINCIPLES AND DOCTRINES APPLIED IN MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES • Doctrine of Vicarious Liability –o –o –o Doctrine of Ostensible Agent Borrowed Servant Doctrine Captain of the Ship Doctrine • • • • • • • Doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitor Doctrine of Common Knowledge Doctrine of Contributory Negligence Doctrine of Assumption of Risk Doctrine of Last Clear Chance Fellow Servant Doctrine Rescue Doctrine .

for the wrongful conduct or negligence of another. who is not negligent.DOCTRINE OF VICARIOUS LIABILITY • -Doctrine of Imputed Negligence/Command Responsibility. • -Vicarious liability means the responsibility of a person. .

” .• Art.xxx the owners or managers of an establishment or enterprise are likewise responsible for damages caused by their employees in the service of the branches in which the latter are employed or on the occassion of their functions… • Employers shall be liable for the damages caused by their employees and household helpers acting within the scope of their assigned task. Civil Code of the Philippines • Obligations is demandable not only for ones own acts or omission but also fort those persons whom one is responsible • “…. 2180. even though the former are not engaged in any business or industry… • The responsibility treated of this article shall cease when the person herein mentioned prove that they observe all the diligence of a good father of a family to prevent injury.

the hospital must be held liable for their negligent acts.DOCTRINE OF OSTENSIBLE AGENT • . • . .(pathologist. they are considered ostensible agents and therefore. anesthesiologist).In cases wherein the employees are at the same time are independent contractors of the hospital.Because of this peculiar situation. radiologist.

. it is necessary that he is not only subjected to the control of another with regard to the work done and the manner of performing it but also that the work to be done is for the benefit of the temporary employer. their temporary employer must be held liable for the discharge of their acts and duties. • In some instances. • By fiction of law. resident physicians. they are under the temporary supervision and control of another other than their employer while performing their duties. • In the determination whether one is a borrowed servant.BORROWED SERVANT DOCTRINE • Ordinarily. nurses and other personnel of the hospital are employees or servants of the hospital. they are deemed borrowed from the hospital by someone and for any wrongful act committed by them during the period.

CAPTAIN-OF-THE-SHIP DOCTRINE • . .This doctrine innunciates liability of the surgeon not only for the wrongful acts of those who are under his physical control but also those wherein he has extension of control.

REASONS FOR APPLICATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF VICARIOUS LIABILITY • 1. The employer has the power to select his employee and to control his acts. Deep pocket theory. the employer has to bear the loss when neither the employer nor the employee is at fault. • 3. • 2. Since the employer benefits monetarily from the employee. • 4. . To treat them as operating expense.

It must be caused by an agency or instrumentality within the exclusive control of the defendant.General rule: expert testimony is necessary to prove that a physician has done a negligent act or that has deviated from the standard of medical practice. • 1. – .DOCTRINE OF RES IPSA LOQUITOR – .The accident must be of a kind which ordinarily does not occur in the absence of someone‟s negligence.“The thing speaks for itself”. nature of the wrongful act or injury is suggestive of negligence. It must not have been due to any voluntary action or contribution on the part of the plaintiff. . • Requisites of Res Ipsa Loquitor Doctrine: • 1. • 2.

• 3. Objects left in the patient‟s body at the time of caesarian section. . Failure to take radiographs to diagnose a possible fracture. • 5. Injury to a healthy part of the body. Removal of a wrong part of the body when another part wad intended. Infection resulting from unsterilized instruments. • 2.Some cases wherein the Doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitor has been applied: • 1. • 4.

Bad Result Rule. • When an accepted method of medical treatment involves hazards which may produce injurious results regardless of the care exercised by the physician. • 4.Instances where the Doctrine of Res Ipsa Loquitor does not apply: • 1. Honest Errors of judgment as to Appropriate Procedure. • 2. • • . This doctrine has been regarded as rule of sympathy to counteract the „conspiracy of silence‟ . • 3. Mistake in the Diagnosis. Where the Doctrine of Calculated Risk is applicable.In most medical malpractice suits. there is a necessity for a physician to give his expert medical opinion to prove whether acts or omissions constitute medical negligence.

Initiative would be stiffed and confidence shaken. Justice Mignault: • • “……the practice of medicine and surgery is „indispensable to humanity‟ and should not be fettered by rules and responsibility so strict as to exact an „infallibility‟ on the part of the physician which he does not possess.• According to one of the most distinguished jurist(Canada).” • • “…………we would be doing a disservice to the community at large if we were to impose liabilities on hospitals and doctors for everything that goes wrong.” • . Doctors would be led to think more of their own safety than the good of the patients.

• . which falls below the standard which he is required to conform to his own protection. concurring with the defendant‟s negligence. . contributing as a legal cause to the harm he has suffered.It is the act or omission amounting to want of care on the part of the complaining party which. is the proximate cause of the injury.DOCTRINE OF CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE • .It has been defined as conduct on the part of the plaintiff or injured party.Doctrine of Common Fault • .

the plaintiff may recover damages.” .Related Civil Code Provisions • Art. 2179. Civil Code • “ When the plaintiff‟s own negligence was the immediate and proximate cause of his injury. the immediate and proximate cause of injury being the defendant‟s lack of due care. but the court may mitigate the damages to be awarded. he cannot recover damages. But if his negligence was only contributory.

• 2.” Some Instances where there is contributory negligence: • 1. Failure to give the physician an accurate history. • 3.Art. . Leaving the hospital against the advice of the physician. • 4. the contributory negligence of the plaintiff shall reduce the damages that he may recover. Civil Code • In quasi-delicts. Failure to follow the treatment recommended by the physician.2214. Failure to seek further medical assistance if symptoms persist.

Doctrine of Superior Knowledge • In the physician-patient relationship. The patient just follows the instructions and orders of the physician and is usually inactive and virtually places himself in the command and control of the physician. • The defense of contributory negligence is available only when the patient‟s conduct is a truly flagrant disregard of his health and cannot apply where the patient is mentally ill. semiconscious. the physician has superior knowledge over his patient. heavily sedated or of advanced age. .

. after a prolonged treatment of a patient which normally produces alleviation of the condition. he may be held liable if in the exercise of care and diligence he could have discovered the cause of nonresponse.DOCTRINE OF CONTINUING NEGLIGENCE • If the physician. fails to investigate non-response.

if injured. • “…violenti non fit injuria”.DOCTRINE OF ASSUMPTION OF RISK • Predicated upon knowledge and informed consent. . anyone who voluntarily assumes the risk of injury from a known danger. which means that a person who assents and was injured is not regarded in law to be injured. is barred from recovery.

It implies thought.DOCTRINE OF LAST CLEAR CHANCE • . .A physician who has the last clear chance of avoiding damage or injury but negligently fails to do is liable. appreciation. mental direction and lapse of sufficient time to effectually act upon impulse to save the life or prevent injury to another. • .

DOCTRINE OF FORESEEABILITY
• - A physician cannot be held accountable for negligence if the injury sustained by the patient is on account of unforeseen conditions but if a physician fails to ascertain the condition of the patient for want of the requisite skill and training is answerable for the injury sustained by the patient if injury resulted thereto. • - A physician owes duty of care to all persons who are foreseeably endangered by his conduct, with respect to the risk which make the conduct unreasonably dangerous.

FELLOW SERVANT DOCTRINE
• - This doctrine provides that if a servant (employee) was injured on account of the negligence of his fellow servant (employee), the employer cannot be held liable.

RESCUE DOCTRINE
• - If a physician who went to rescue a victim of an accident was himself injured, the original wrongdoer must be held liable for such injury.

SOLE RESPONSIBILITY vs SHARED
RESPONSIBILITY
• Sole responsibility • - when the negligent act or omission which is the proximate cause of the injury suffered by patient is attributed to the wrongful act of person. • • Shared responsibility • - when the injury suffered by the patient is caused by the negligent act of two or more persons, each of them acting concurrently and successively in the production of injury.

SPECIFIC ACTS OR OMISSIONS WHICH CONSTITUTE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. Failure to take medical history; 2. Failure to examine or make a careful and adequate examination; 3. Non-referral of the patient to a specialist; 4. Failure to consult prior physicians for previous management; 5. Non-referral of patient to a hospital with equipments and trained personnel; 6. Failure to use the appropriate diagnostic test; 7. Failure to diagnose infections; 8. Treatment resulting to addiction; 9. Abandonment of patients; 10. Failure to give proper instructions; 11. Failure to institute the proper prophylactic treatment; 12. Errors in blood transfusion; 13. Liabilities in administration of drugs; 14. Product liabilities of manufacturer; 15. Wrong baby cases.

Abandonment of patients • .termination of the physician-patient relationship without the consent of the patient and without giving the patient adequate notice and opportunity to find another physician. .

Continuing need of the patient for further medical treatment. Abandonment must have been the cause of the injury or death of the patient. The relationship is terminated without mutual consent of both parties. • 4. . Unilateral termination of the contractual relationship by the physician.Elements: • 1. • 3. There is a physician-patient relationship. • 5. • 2.

Some instances of abandonment: • 1.B. • 2. . • 4. • N. • 3. Refusal by a physician to treat a case after he has seen the patient needing medical treatment but before treatment is commenced. Non-payment of bill cannot be a defense for abandonment. • The attending physician may be held liable for the acts of his substitute in the following instances: – a) the attending physician did not exercise due care and diligence in the selection of the substitute. Refusal to attend to a case for which he has already assumed responsibility. and – b) If the substitute acts as agent of the attending physician in so far as carrying out a certain course of treatment in which case master-servant relationship is created. Failure to arrange for a substitute physician during the time the physician is absent or unavailable. Failure to provide follow-up attention.

LIABILITIES IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF DRUGS .

Right drug. 3. . 4.Five basic rights: • • • • • 1. 5. Right dose. 2. and Right route. Right time. Right patient.

6. 4. 5. . Administration of the wrong medicine. 3. Overdosage. 7. Injury to the nerves 9. failure to note history of allergy failure to test for signs of reaction failure to stop treatment when the drug reaction has been observed failure to provide adequate therapy to encounter a reaction treatment with a drug not proper for the illness 2. Infection following an injection. Drug reaction. Failure to give warning of the side effects. Failure to administer the drug.Negligence in the administration of a drug which causes injury to the patient may be attributed to: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 1. Administering medicine on the wrong route. 8. Administration of a drug on the wrong person.

Once the physician has been forewarned. the manufacturer has no duty to insure that the warning reaches the patient in normal circumstances. even though the seller exercises every conceivable caution to prevent and discover the defects. it is the duty of the manufacturer to warn the physician of it either through the literature attached or accompanying the drug or through the services of the promoters.Doctrine of Strict Liability • A person injured by a defective product can recover compensation from his injury from anyone in the distributive chain who sold the product while the defect was present. • If the drug has side effects. • Negligence or carefulness is not in issue in a case under the doctrine nor is any warranty or promise in issue. . A drug manufacturer is liable if his product is contaminated by any impurities which harm the user.

Private – privately owned.(Sec. RA4226) LIABILITIES OF HOSPITALS . provincial. RA 4226.. board or other agency thereof. Hospital Licensure Act • HOSPITAL means a place devoted primarily to the maintenance and operation of facilities for the diagnosis. especially established and operated with funds raised and contributed through donations. Public/Government – operated and maintained either partially or wholly by the national. or private capital or other means. injury or deformity. 2(C).” • • Classification. municipal. disease. or city government or other political subdivision.• Sec. or in need of obstetrical or other medical and nursing care. (Sec. or by any department.xxx. division. building or place where there are installed beds. cribs. 2(b) RA 4226) • 2. …. according to Control and Financial Support: • 1. and care of individuals suffering from illness. bassinets for twenty-four hour use or longer by patients in the treatment of diseases. The term „hospital‟ shall also be construed as any institution.2(a). treatment.

For purposes of determining liability of private hospitals: • 1. Private charitable or eleemosynary – established for the public benefit and not conducted for the pecuniary gain of the management. • 2. Private pay – established for profit and gain. .

The hospital cannot be subjected to government licensure examinations to determine whether it is qualified to practice medicine. A non-medical will be allowed to control a physician and through circumvention practice medicine. .Rationale why hospital cannot practice medicine: • 1. • Breach of the confidential relationship in a physician-patient relationship. • 2.

• 2. • 3. To furnish adequate and safe equipments. To furnish a safe and well-maintained building and ground.Primary Duties of a Hospital: • 1. . To exercise reasonable care in the selection of the hospital staff.

. It is only required of a hospital to refrain from taking positive steps to harm a trespasser. His presence is merely tolerated. He is permitted. servant or a trespasser.Persons Coming Within the Premises of the Hospital • 1. • Invitee – one who is essential to the operation of a hospital or for whom the hospital has a purpose. Trespasser – one who enters the property of another without being granted the privilege to do so. He has no contractual relation with the hospital. • 2. expressly or impliedly to be within the premises for his own interest and convinience. Licensee – one who is neither a customer.

Liabilities of Hospitals for the Wrongful Acts of their Agents .

agents and employees is based on the legal principle that “there can be no legal right against the authority that makes the law which the right depends. • .Rationale: Government funds should be spent for public purposes and not diverted to compensate for private injuries and public service should not be hindered.” • . • .Those performing proprietary function when it is established for profit. The government goes down to the level of any private hospital.A State cannot be sued without its consent. Government or Public Hospitals • . it is immune from being sued. .The immunity of the government from the official acts of its officers. The government must not be sued because the government derives no profit from its activity unlike a private enterprise. • .Those established to perform government functions.1.

The determination whether a hospital was established for charity is the articles of incorporation and the constitution and by-laws of the corporation.2. • .A charity hospital is established and maintained from the donations. . contributions. philantrophic acts and pays no dividends. Voluntary or eleemosynary for charity • . Private Charitable.

3. Private Hospital Operating for profit • . .May be held vicariously liable for the negligent acts of its employees.

 The fact that a hospital refuses to accept certain persons and others to pay in accordance with their means does not affect its charitable status.   A hospital which allow the patient to pay if ever they have the capacity to do so and serve others gratuitously does not change the fundamental nature of the hospital as charity.   A charitable hospital must not consist of rendering charitable acts to few sporadic cases but must be extended to the public over a period of time.• N. .   A hospital established for profit even though some bed are devoted for charity is not deemed a charitable institution.   The charging of the fee is not controlling but the purpose the fee will be use is the measure of charity. if it is operated for no profit.B.

Doctrines Applied to Charitable Hospital Immunity for the Acts of its Employees .

TRUST FUND DOCTRINE • Charitable hospitals derived support from voluntary contributions or donations for the reception. Diverting the money for the payment of damage will be utilizing the money not intended by the donor. care and treatment of charity patients. . The contributions are held only in trust by the governing body of the hospital.

IMPLIED WAIVER THEORY • A patient who enters a private hospital. waives his right to claim damages. . knowing fully well that it is merely supported by contributions.

.PUBLIC POLICY THEORY • It renders medical service without remuneration. It is doing an undertaking of the obligation of State for the preservation of life and maintenance of health.

.INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR THEORY • A patient who enters a private charitable hospital does not have a contract with the hospital but with the attending physician.

.Rules applied in determining the vicarious liability for the negligent acts of the resident physicians. nurses and others employees.

Principle of administrative/ministerial as against professional/medical duties. may make the hospital vicariously liable. • The performance of all routinary duties which is the very reason why he is appointed in the ordinary sense constitutes administrative duties and any negligent acts committed by such employees in the course of their employment which causes injury the patient. • Medical duties are by its nature beyond the ordinary routine in a hospital. Any negligence of such hospital employees. the “borrowed servant doctrine” must be applied and the hospital may not be held vicariously liable.1. .

.2. Power of Control.

But if entered with the patient for contract of services. the principle of independent contractor theory is applied. • If the contract has been entered with hospital to render professional services. the hospital may be held liable provided the negligent act was committed within the scope of employment. .3. Contract of Service.

Independent Contractor Theory.4. .

.5. Sole Responsibility vs Shared Responsibility.

• Recent decisions of the court has extended hospital liability to patient for its failure to make careful selection. . VICARIOUS Liabilities for the Acts of Hospital Employees.LIABILITIES OF HOSPITAL • 1. CORPORATE Liabilities • Those arising from failure of the hospital to furnish accommodations and facilities necessary to carry out its purpose or to follow in a given situation. • • 2. and supervision of independent physicians who are permitted to practice in the hospital. the established standard of conduct to which the corporation should conform. review.

The relationship between the hospital and the patient is contractual. . • A government has no absolute privilege of choice of patients inasmuch as it is established and maintained by public funds except for justifiable grounds.Admission • A person has no absolute right to be admitted in a hospital or to avail of hospital services.

” .Attendance to emergency cases in hospitals • Sec. 1 RA 6615 substantially states that “…xxx hereby required to render immediate emergency medical assistance and to provide facilities and medicine within its capabilities to patients in emergency cases who are in danger of dying and/or who may have suffered serious injuries.

.Transfer of patients • It must be premised on desire and consent of the patient and when the condition of the patient would permit to do so.

Discharge of patients • After evaluation of the patient‟s condition. considers that further hospitalization is no longer indispensable. . a physician may order the discharge with or without condition.

1 and 6 • • Refusal of the patient to leave the hospital . Revised Penal Code • 1987 Philippine Constitution. Related laws: • Art. Sec. 268.Refusal to be hospitalized • Refusal of the patient to remain in the hospital will not be a lawful ground to detain him if he is of sound mind and of legal age.

.Premature discharge • The attending physician and the hospital any be held liable to the patient if the latter is discharged from the hospital in spite of the fact that further hospitalization is still necessary.

that his release will endanger public safety. • A hospital any legally detain a patient against his will when he is detained or convicted prisoner.Detention of patient for non-payment of bill • A patient cannot be detained in a hospital for nonpayment of the hospital bill. . The law provides a remedy for them to pursue by filling the necessary suit in court for the recovery of such fee or bill. or when the patient is mentally ill. or when the patient is suffering from a very contagious disease wherein his release is prejudicial to public health.

the medical staff therein are not considered employees of the hospital.LIABILITIES OF HOSPITAL FOR ITS ANCILLARY SERVICES • . . • -Courts have held that even if contracts specify that physicians will be considered independent contractors. • -Patients are not bound by the secret limitations contained in a private contract between the hospital and the physician. the hospitals are responsible for their action if they can exercise control over them. Consequently liability for negligence in the emergency room is shifted to the medical partnership.Whenever the hospital administration enters into contract with a partnership of physicians to run the emergency room.

Examination of the patient to determine his condition and need for emergency medical procedures • 2.Two Aspects of Emergency Care • 1. • . Performance of the specific medical or surgical procedure which are required without delay to protect the patient‟s health.

Failure to examine and/or treat. Negligence in the application of management procedures. Failure to admit. • 3.Liability in the emergency room may arise from the following: • 1. . • 2.

proprietary medicine of pharmaceutical specialties.• An AMBULANCE is a motor vehicle specifically designed. devices and poison are sold at retail and where medical and dental veterinary prescriptions are compounded and dispensed. 42. pharmaceuticals. • A PHARMACY is a place or establishment where drugs. active principles of drug. chemical products. • The criminal liability of an ambulance driver is the same as that of an ordinary driver. equipped and used for the transportation of the sick. the civil liability arising therefrom the hospital must be held liable. However. RA 5921. injured or wounded persons operated by trained • personnel for ambulance service. . • Hospital Pharmacy • Sec.

the science of medicine and society as a whole. and treatment.Medical Records • It is compilation of the pertinent facts of the patient‟s life history. illness. the institution in which the patient has been treated. coordinated into a document and made available for various uses to serve the patient. • It is a compilation of scientific data derived from many sources. the physician. .

An altered medical record may create suspicious intent to establish a defense and such alteration may be a proof of negligence. • . • . For convenience and necessity in consonance with the purpose enumerated.Removal of a certain portion of the record may raise • the inference that they are remove deliberately in order to suppress evidence . As required by statutes (Hospital Licensure Law) • .Destruction of records is an evidence of negligence. • .Purpose of Maintenance of Medical Records • 1. • 2.The hospital may be held liable for injury resulting from a breach of duty to maintain accurate records.

But ownership of the medical record is a limited one and absolute and considered primarily custodial.Ownership of Medical Records • The guardian and owner of the medical records is the hospital. .

Art. . or anything that may reflect upon the moral character of the person involved. even after their death. 6.VIOLATION OF THE CONFIDENTIAL NATURE OF RECORD • Sec. except when it is required in the interest of justice. II. He should never divulge this confidential information. public health or safety. Code of Medical Ethics • The medical practitioner should guard as a sacred trust anything that is confidential or private in nature that he may discover of that may be communicated to him in his professional relation with the patient.

Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 (Maintenance and Keeping of Original Records of Transactions on Dangerous Drugs and/or Controlled Precursors and Chemicals.00 to 50. II. • The penalty of imprisonment ranging from 1 year to 6 years and a fine ranging from 10.000.” .000. Art. 17.00 shall be imposed upon any practitioner………xxx who violates or fails to comply with the maintenance and keeping of the original records of transactions on any dangerous drugs….xxx” • An additional penalty of revocation of license to practice his profession……xxx.• Sec.

xxx. 60. Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act of 2002 (Confidentiality of Records Under the Voluntary Submission Program) • Judicial and medical records of drug dependents under the voluntary submission program shall be confidential and shall not be use against him for any purposes. treatment and rehabilitation in any center…. spouse guardian or relative within the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity. he voluntarily submitted himself to confinement.. except to determine how many time by himself or through his parent. VIII.• Sec.” . Art.

. 15 of this act shall be covered under Sec 60 of this act.• Sec. Art. shall be forwarded to the court and their use shall be determined by the court. Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002(Confidentiality of Records Under the Compulsory Submission Program) • The records of a drug dependent who was rehabilitated and discharged from the Center under the compulsory submission program. However. the records of a drug dependent who was not rehabilitated. or who has escaped but did not surrender himself within the prescribed period. taking into consideration public interest and the welfare of the drug-dependent. 64. or who was charged for violation of Sec. VIII.

. be examined as to any information. and which would blacken the character of the patient. which information was necessary to enable him to act in that capacity. which he may have acquired in attending such patient In a professional capacity. Rules of Court (Privilege Communication) • A person authorized to practice medicine.• Sec. obstetrics cannot in civil case. 21 (c). surgery. Rule 130. without the consent of the patient.

• 2. Personal circumstances of the patient which are not ordinarily related to the treatment. Name of the patient and house officers associated with the treatment of a patient. .Information for which no authorization is needed • 1.

• • Members of the resident staff. • 2. his approval or permission is only a matter of courtesy. • N. Upon a lawful order of the court. • The attending patient has no legal right to determine who shall and who shall not see the record. When requested by the patient or by someone who could act in his behalf which must be made in writing. When the law requires such disclosure. .When May the Contents of the Record be Disclosed • 1. • 3. At the most.B. student and attending medical staff may freely consult such records as pertain to their work.

as the records are entries in the course of business. . Rule 130. by a person deceased. outside the Philippines or unable to testify. Rules of Court – Entries in the Course of Business • Entries made at. if such person made the entries in his professional capacity or in the performance of duty and in the ordinary course of business or duty.• Sec. 37. or near the time of the transactions to which they refer. who was in a position to know the facts therein stated. • • Patient‟s record is admissible in evidence even if the person who made the entry is dead or not available. may be received as prima facie evidence.

. If a suit is filed against a physician for a professional liability claims. he liable for the payment of damages for all the direct. If the physician is found negligent in the performance of his professional services.DAMAGES • DAMAGES are the pecuniary compensations that may be recovered for breach of some duty or the violation of some rights recognized by law. the objective of the plaintiff is to recover damages. natural and logical consequences of his act.

Civil Code • Whoever. contrary to law. willfully or negligently causes damage to another shall indemnify the latter for the same. is obliged to pay for the damages done. . there being fault or negligence. 20. Civil Code • Every person who. by act or omission causes damage to another. 2176.• Art. • • Art.

. • Doctrine of Certainty of Damages • Damages must be certain both in its nature and in respect to the cause. To permit the Court to determine how much it must be. The proof must show the nature.• Damages must be sufficiently proven by evidence. Recovery must not be contingent or speculative. extent. cause and probable duration of the injury. • The injured patient has the right to recover medical and hospital expenses from the wrongdoer even though the patient has been indemnified wholly or partially by an insurance company.

3. Exemplary Nominal. Liquidated . 6. Temperate.TYPES OF DAMAGES • • • • • • 1. 5. 2. Moral. 4. Actual or Compensatory.

Such compensation is referred to as actual or compensatory damages. 2200. 2199. one is entitled to an adequate compensation only for such pecuniary loss suffered by him as he has duly proved. . but also that of the profits which the obligee failed to obtain. Civil Code • Except as provided by law or by stipulation. Civil Code • Indemnification for damages shall comprehend not only the value of the loss suffered.ACTUAL OR COMPENSATORY DAMAGES • Art. • • Art.

. Lucro cesante – failure to receive the benefit which would have pertained to him.• Kinds: • 1. „Dano emergente‟ – the loss already suffered by the patient • 2.

Physical Disability 3. Hospital.Compensatory Damages Applied to Medical Malpractice 1. Medical. Loss of Earning Capacity 4. Death • Art. Loss of Service or Support 6. Civil Code • The amount of damages for the death caused by a crime or quasi-delict shall be at least three thousand pesos(75. 2206.00). 2.000. Surgical. Funeral Expenses . and Related Expenses 5. even though there may have been mitigating circumstances.

wounded feelings. . Though incapable of pecuniary computation. 2217.MORAL DAMAGES • Art. moral shock. and similar injury. Civil Code • Moral damages include physical suffering. social humiliation. fright. serious anxiety. besmirched reputation. mental anguish. moral damages may be recovered if they are the proximate result of the defendant‟s act or omission.

A criminal offense resulting in physical injuries.• Art. Civil Code • Moral damages may be recovered in the following and analogous cases: 1. Quasi-delict causing physical injuries. 2219. • • • • Physical Suffering Mental Anguish Fright and Moral Shock Besmirched Reputation and Social . 2.

in addition to the moral.EXEMPLARY OR CORRECTIVE DAMAGES • Art. exemplary damages as part of the civil liability may be imposed when the crime was committed with one or more aggravating circumstances. Civil Code • In criminal offense. by way of example or correction for the public good. liquidated or compensatory damages. • • Art. Such damages are separate and distinct from fines and shall be paid to the offended party. temperate. Civil Code • Exemplary or corrective damages are imposed. . 2229. 2230.

reckless. 2231. the court may award exemplary damages if the defendant acted in a wanton. Civil Code • In quasi-delict. • • Art. 2233. Civil Code • Exemplary damages cannot be recovered as a matter of right. the court will decide whether or not they should be adjudicated. Civil Code • In contracts and quasi-contracts. exemplary damages may be granted if the defendant acted with gross negligence. • • Art. .• Art. fraudulent. oppressive and malevolent manner. 2232.

. because of the wanton. or that he is guilty of gross negligence in the performance of his profession. or that he acted with recklessness. or with utter disregard to the effects of his act. malicious or oppressive nature of the wrong committed. oppression. • Punitive damages are recoverable from a physician in an action for malpractice where there is evidence tending to show that he has acted with malice.• Punitive or exemplary damages are monetary compensation over and above actual or compensatory damages awarded as punishment or deterrence. reckless.

. may be vindicated or recognized not for the purpose of indemnifying the plaintiff for any loss suffered.NOMINAL DAMAGES • Art. Civil Code • Nominal damages are adjudicated in order that a right of the plaintiff. • It is awarded to plaintiff as a vindication of a right violated. which has been violated or invaded by the defendant. • It is a trifling sum awarded to the plaintiff in an action where there is no substantial loss or injury to be compensated. 2221.

to be paid in case of breach thereof. . Civil Code • Liquidated damages are those agreed upon by the parties to a contract.LIQUIDATED DAMAGES • Art. 2226.

TEMPERATE OR MODERATE DAMAGES • Art. may be recovered when the court finds that some pecuniary loss has been suffered but its amount cannot. . Civil Code • Temperate or moderate damages. which are more than nominal but less than compensatory damages. 2224. be proved with certainty. from the nature of the case.

Obligation on the part of the plaintiff(patient) to minimize damages. • Art. Civil Code • The party suffering from loss or injury must exercise the diligence of a good father of a family to minimize the damages resulting from the act or omission in question . 2203.

Doctrine of Avoidable Consequences • Where one person has. The burden of proof that the injured could have prevented or mitigated the damages rests on the defendant. The person wronged cannot recover for any item of damage which could have been avoided. caused personal injury to another. • • . it is incumbent upon the latter to use such means as are reasonable under the circumstances to avoid or minimize the damages. through wrongful act.

In actions for indemnity under the workmen‟s compensation and employer‟s liability laws. When at least double judicial costs are awarded. Civil Code) 1. In actions for the recovery of wages of household helpers.ATTORNEY‟S FEES • Attorney‟s fees and other related expenses in litigation. 3. • • • • • • • • • • • . 11. just and demandable claim. In any other case where the court deems it just and equitable that attorney‟s fees and expenses of litigation should be recovered. 2. (Art. 8. other than judicial cost are not as rule recoverable except when the law specifically provides. In criminal cases of malicious prosecution against the plaintiff. Where the defendant acted in gross and evident bad faith in refusing to satisfy the plaintiff‟s plainly valid. 10. In a separate civil action to recover civil liability. 7.2208. 5. 9. When exemplary damages are awarded. In actions for legal support. 6. laborers and skilled workers. 4. In case of clearly unfounded civil action or proceeding against the plaintiff. When the defendant‟s act or omission has compelled the plaintiff to litigate with third persons or to incur expenses to protect his interest.

EMERGENCIES IN MEDICAL PRACTICE • An EMERGENCY is an unforeseen combination of circumstances which calls for an immediate action. . It refers to a situation in which a patient has been suddenly or unexpectedly endangered to such an extent that immediate action is needed to save the life and limb or to avoid permanent damages.

2 • “ A physician is free to choose whom he will serve. other medical services for reasons satisfactory to his professional conscience. Sec.” . He should. He may refuse calls.Related Provisions of the Code of Medical Ethics • A condition of emergency is usually an exception to the observance of the standard ethical conducts. however. II. a physician should administer at least first aid treatment and then refer the patient to a more qualified and competent physician if the case does not fall within his particular line. • Art. 3 • “In case of emergency.” • Art. Sec. always respond to any request for his assistance in an emergency…xxx. wherein immediate action is necessary. II.

IV. 17 • Whenever in the absence of the family physician several physicians have been simultaneously called in an emergency case • …xxx. 15 • “A physician should never examine or treat a hospitalized patient of another without the latter‟s knowledge and consent except in cases of emergency. IV. Sec.” • Art.the first to arrive should be considered as physician in charge.. Sec.• Art.” .\‟s immediate needs….. 16 • “A physician called upon to attend to a patient of another physician because of an emergency…..” • Art.should attend only to the patient.xxx…. unless the patient or his family has special • preference for some other one among those who are present…xxx. Sec.xxx.xxx. IV.

20 • When a physician is requested by a colleague to take care of a patient because of an emergency…xxx…The physician should treat the patient in the same manner and with the same delicacy as he would have wanted his own patient cared for under similar conditions…xxx.” .• Art. IV. Sec.

Other related provisions of the law • RA 6615 • An act requiring government and private hospitals or clinics duly licensed to extend medical assistance in emergency cases. otherwise known as An act prohibiting the demand or deposits or advance payments for the confinement or treatment of patients in hospital and medical clinics in certain cases. . 702. amending BP Blg. • RA 8344 • An act penalizing the refusal of hospitals and medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency or serious cases.

• 2.” . 275. unless such omission shall constitute a more serious offense. Anyone who shall fail to render assistance to any person whom he shall find in an uninhabited place wounded or in danger or dying. Anyone who shall fail to help or render assistance to another whom he has accidentaqlly wounded or injured…xxx. when he can render such assistance without detriment to himself.• Art. Revised Penal Code • Abandonment of persons in danger and abandonment of one‟s own victim • The penalty of arresto mayor shall be imposed upon: • 1.

even though it later appears that he made a wrong decision yet prudent at that time.Standard of Care in Emergencies • - A physician cannot be held to the same conduct as one who had an opportunity to reflect. .

• . • The refusal of the patient who is of legal age and of sound mind to submit to medical treatment shall prevail even if the danger to his life is eminent.The law gives him the right to act under the Theory of Implied Consent or that the physician is privileged to do whatever is sound for the benefit of the patient.Emergency Operations Without Consent • -When the situation is such that an immediate action is necessary to save the life or preserve the health of the patient. . the physician can legally proceed with his contemplated life-saving procedure. and getting a consent is prejudicial to the patient.

Emergency Operation without Consent • 1. . • The physician in the exercise of his best judgment that the medical procedure is life-saving. • 2. The injured person must be unconscious or otherwise unable to give a valid consent. The situation must be such as it would make it actually and apparently necessary to act before there is an opportunity to obtain consent.

. but someone who could act on his behalf is present.Refusal to Give Consent During Emergency • If the patient is conscious. then consent must first be obtained before the commencement of a procedure. or if unconscious or is not in a capacity to give consent.

• The surgeon is authorized to extend the operation to any condition discovered when it will redound to the welfare of the patient. the principle of quantum meruit shall be applied.Extension of Operation in Cases of Emergency • If during an operation.B. . Surgery cannot be extended if an emergency is not present • • The law also implies an obligation on the part pf the patient to pay reasonable value of the emergency service. the surgeon is justified in extending the operation and be absolved of liability. or a condition maybe discovered which requires immediate action. but which is not covered by the consent. If no specified amount agreed upon. • N. the physician should be privileged to perform such surgery within the operative field as is justified in the prevailing medical opinion. an accident occurs. In the absence of a clearly specific prohibition on the part of the patient.

. Proper instructions must be given to the person who will perform the delegated duty. nature of the duty to be delegated. • The patient consented expressly or impliedly such delegation of duty.DELEGATION OF A PHYSICIAN’S DUTIES • Requisites for a Valid Delegation • 1. • 3. and the training and experience of the person to whom such duty is to be delegated. The person to whom such duty is delegated must be competent to perform such duty. When such duty can be delegated which will depend on the circumstances of the case. • 2..

.Liability for Injuries in the Negligent Performance of the Delegated Duties • The person performing the delegated duty cannot be held liable for any untoward or unexpected effects of his act if he had complied with all the requirements of a delegated duty and has exercised care and diligence in such execution.

THE MEDICAL WITNESS AND THE COURT • Court – an agency of the sovereign created directly or indirectly under its authority. established and maintained for the purpose of hearing and determining issues of law and facts regarding legal rights and alleged violations thereof. and of applying the sanction of the law. constituting one or more officers. . authorized to exercise its power in the due course of law at times and places previously determined by lawful authority.

Code of Medical Ethics • It is the duty of every physician. 4. to assist in the administration of justice on matters which are medico-legal in character.Different Courts in the Philippines • • • • • 1. . when called upon by the judicial authorities. 2. Supreme Court Court of Appeals Regional Trial Court Municipal or City Trial Court Military Commissions Art. 5. III. 2. Sec. 3.

20. The person must have the organ and power of perception. can perceive. Rule 130.” • Requisites of an Ordinary Witness • 1. having organs of sense.PHYSICIAN AS AN ORDINARY WITNESS • Sec. Rules of Court • “xxx…. . and perceiving can make known their perception to others maybe witness…xxx. The perception gathered by his organs of sense can be imparted to others.all persons who. • 2. and • He does not fall in any of the exception or disqualifications provided by the Rules of Court.

Sec. at the time of their production for examination. and – b) Children whose mental maturity is such as to render them incapable of perceiving the facts respecting which they are examined and of relating them truthfully. • 2. Mental Incapacity or immaturity .Disqualification by reason of: • 1.Sec. is such that they are incapable of intelligently making known their perception to others. except in a civil case by one against the other. 21. Rules of Court – a) Those whose mental condition. Rule 130. Rules of Court • During their marriage. 22. Rule 130. Marriage . or in any criminal case for a crime committed by one against the other or the latter‟s direct ascendants or ascendants. neither the husband nor the • wife may testify for or against the other without the consent of the affected spouse. .

Sec. Parental or filial Privilege . in a criminal case. • to testify against his parents and ascendants. 23. • 4. upon a claim or demand against the estate of such deceased person or against such person of unsound mind.• 3. Rules of Court • No descendant can be compelled. or persons in • whose behalf a case is prosecuted. 25. Rule 130.Sec. or against a person of unsound mind. against an executor or administrator or other representative of the deceased person. Death or Insanity . Rules of Court • Parties or assignors of parties to a case. . cannot testify as to any matter of fact occurring before the death of such deceased person or before such person become of unsound mind. Rule 130.

cannot be examined without the consent of the other as to any communication received in confidence by one from the other during the marriage except in a civil case by one against the other. during or after the marriage. stenographer or clerk be examined. 24. Rules of Court – The following persons cannot testify as to matters learned in confidence in the following cases: • 1. without the consent of the client and his employer. The husband or the wife. . without the consent of his client. The attorney cannot. Rule 130. • 2. or with a view to professional employment. nor can an attorney‟s secretary.• Disqualification by reason of Privileged Communication • Sec. concerning any fact the knowledge of which has been acquired in such capacity. or for a crime committed by one against the other or the latter‟s direct descendants and ascendants. be examined as to any communication made by the client to him or his advice given thereon in the course of.

A person authorized to practice medicine. be examined as to any information which he may have acquired in attending such patient in a professional capacity. . • 4. surgery or obstetrics cannot in a civil case. when the court finds that the public interest would suffer by the disclosure. without the consent of the patient. which information was necessary to enable him to act in that capacity. be examined as to any confession made to or any advice given him in his professional character in the course of discipline enjoined by the church to which he belongs. A public officer cannot be examined during his term of office or afterwards as to communications made to him in official confidence. without the consent of the person making the confession. • 5. and which would blacken the reputation of the patient.• 3. A minister or a priest cannot.

Code of Medical Ethics • “The medical practitioner should guard as sacred trust anything that is confidential or private in nature that he may discover or that may be communicated to him in his professional relation with his patients. Rules of Court “A person authorized to practice medicine. and which would blacken the character of the patient. • Sec. Rule 130. 24(c). which information was necessary to enable him to act in that capacity.” . and public safety. He should never divulge this confidential information. public health. 6. be examined as to any information which he may have acquired in attending such patient in a professional capacity. even after their death. without the consent of the patient. except when it is required in the interest of justice. Art. or anything that may reflect upon the moral character of the person involved. II.Privileged Communication Between Physician and His Patient • Sec. surgery or obstetrics cannot in a civil case.

• Nurses and attendants who were present and assisting the physician when the communication was made. . Confidential information obtained by one of the physicians practicing medicine in partnership with another physician whereby the patients of both are the patients of the firm. • 2.Extent of the Privileged Communication • 1. Interns.

a patient of the physician performing the autopsy. When the public interest so requires. • 4. prior to his death. • 3. .When Communication Is Not A Privileged Communication • 1. When a person is examined at the instance of the law. for the purpose of testifying to solely qualify the physician to testify. • 2. Information obtained by a technician from a patient is not privileged. Information acquired by an autopsy on the body of a person who was not.

Oral testimony by the physician in court. and • 3. . Hospital records. • 2.Scope of the Privilege • 1. Affidavits. certificates and reports made by the physician as exhibit in court.

.Waiver of Privilege • Patient may expressly or impliedly waive their right to privilege communication.

I does not derive its value solely from the credit of the witness but its value rests mainly in the veracity and competency of other persons. The very nature of the evidence shows its weakness. that is. but from mere repetition of what he had heard others say. Rules of Court – Testimony generally confined to the personal knowledge of the witness. . it is NOT admissible in evidence. • “A witness can testify only to those facts which he knows of his own knowledge. • As a general rule. and it is admitted only in special cases because of necessity.HEARSAY EVIDENCE • An evidence not proceeding from personal knowledge of the witness. except as otherwise provided by these rules. 36. Rule 130. • • Sec. hearsay excluded. which is derived from his own perception.

• Sec. may be received in a criminal case wherein his death is the subject of inquiry. may be received in a criminal case wherein his death. made under a consciousness of an impending death. 37. Rules of Court “The declaration of a dying person. as evidence of the cause and surrounding circumstances of such death.” . Rule 130.

in reference to the manner in which he receives his injuries of which he is dying. . • Is the statement made by a person who is at the point of death.Dying declaration • One of the exceptions in hearsay evidence rule. and in reference to the person who inflicted such injuries or in connection with such injuries of a person who is charged or suspected of having committed them. and is conscious of his impending death. which statements are admissible in evidence in a trial where the killing of the declarant is the crime charged to the defendant. or the immediate cause of his death.

Necessity – death of the declarant makes it impossible to obtain his testimony in court. Trustworthiness – every motive of falsehood is silenced.Grounds for Admissibility of Dying Declaration • 1. . • 2. and the mind is induced by the most powerful consideration to tell the truth.

• 2. That at the time the declaration was made. the declarant was under the consciousness of impending death. • 3. That the declaration is offered in a criminal case in which the declarant is the victim. That the declaration must concern the cause and surrounding circumstances of the declarant‟s death.Requisites of Dying Declaration • 1. . • 4. That the declarant is a competent witness.

• N.B.Probative Value of Standard Medical Books in Court • -Medical textbooks are not admissible in evidence on account of the fact that they are hearsay. . • -The author of the books cannot be presented in court and be subjected to cross-examination. Medical witness may have the right to base his opinion from standard textbooks. In cross-examination. medical textbooks are admissible in evidence to discredit a witness who has based his testimony upon it.

Rules of Court “A published treatise. science or art is admissible as tending to prove the truth of a matter stated therein if the court takes judicial notice. periodical or pamphlet on a subject of history. 46.” . Rule 130. or a witness expert in the subject testifies that the writer of the statement in the treatise. periodical or pamphlet is recognized in his profession or calling as expert in the subject.Learned Treatises Sec.

.THE PHYSICIAN AS AN EXPERT WITNESS • An EXPERT WITNESS is one who has the capacity to draw inference from the facts which a court would not be competent to draw.

business or occupation as to be beyond the knowledge of average layman. . inference.Opinion or reference will probably aid the trier of facts in his search for the truth.The witness must have such skill. person or events perceived by a witness. or sentiment formed by the mind with regard to things. two elements are required: • 1.The subject of inference must be so distinctly related to some science. • An OPINION maybe defined as the belief. judgment. knowledge or experience in that field or calling as to make it appear that his • 3.• To warrant the use of expert testimony. and • 2. profession. An opinion in the legal sense is something more than mere speculation or conjecture.

• Sec. 48, Rule 130, Rules of Court • General rule - The opinion of a witness is not admissible, except as indicated by the Rules. • • Sec. 49, Rule 130, Rules of Court • Opinion of Expert Witness - The opinion of a witness on a matter requiring special knowledge, skill, experience or training which he is shown to possess, may be received in evidence. •

• Sec. 50, Rule 130, Rules of Court
• Opinion of Ordinary Witness – The opinion of a witness for which proper basis is given, may be received in evidence regarding –
– a) the identity of a person about whom he has adequate knowledge; – b) A handwriting with which he has sufficient familiarity; and – c) The mental sanity of a person with whom he is sufficiently acquainted.

• The witness may also testify on his impressions of • emotion, behavior, condition or appearance of a person.

Distinctions Between an Ordinary and Expert Witness
• 1.An ORDINARY witness can only testify as a general rule, on those things which he has perceived with his own organs of perception, while an EXPERT witness may render his opinion, inference, conclusion or deduction on what he and others perceived;

• 2.An ORDINARY witness need not be skilled on the line he is testifying but an EXPERT witness must be skilled on the art, science or trade he is testifying.

ATTENDANCE OF A MEDICAL WITNESS IN COURT
• Sec. 1, Rule 21, Rules of Court • “Subpoena is a process directed to a person requiring him to attend and to testify at the hearing or the trial of an action, or at any investigation conducted by competent authority, or for the taking of his deposition. It may also require him to bring with him books, documents, or other things under his control, in which case it is called subpoena duces tecum.” •

Kinds of Subpoena
• 1. Subpoena ad testificandum • A process requiring a person to appear before a trial or hearing of an action or investigation conducted under our laws or for the taking of a deposition at a certain definite date, time and place to testify on some material issues. • 2. Subpoena duces tecum • A process which requires a person to produce at the trial some documents or papers which are under his control or possession that are pertinent to the issues of his controversy, at a certain date, time and place. • 3. Subpoena duces tecum and testificandum
• • N.B.
Failure to comply with a subpoena without justifiable reason is a ground for reprimand, suspension or revocation of the certificate of registration.

233. Art. to assist in the administration of justice on matters which are medico-legal in character. Medical Act of 1959 as amended • “xxx….” . Art. Revised Penal Code • “The penalties of arresto mayor…xxx.. III. 2. or for suspending or revoking a certificate of registration as physician…xxx. III.• Sec. or to a third party.” • Refusal of a public officer to give assistance in the administration of justice is penalized by law • Art. shall be imposed upon a public officer who. if such failure shall result in serious damage to the public interest. upon demand from a competent authority.(12) Violation of any of the provisions of the Code of Medical Ethics…shall be sufficient ground for reprimanding. shall fail to lend his cooperation towards the administration of justice or other public service. 24.” • Sec. Code of Medical Ethics • “It is the duty of every physician. when called upon by the judicial authorities.

When a Medical Witness Need Not Comply With a Subpoena
• 1. The Court issuing the subpoena has no jurisdiction over the subject matter of the case; • 2. When the place of residence is more than 100 kilometers from the court issuing the subpoena.
– Sec. 10, Art.21, Rules of Court – “ The provisions of sections 8 and 9 0f this rule (Compelling attendance and Contempt) shall not apply to a witness who resides more than 100 km from his residence to the place where he is to testify by the ordinary course of travel, or to a detention prisoner if no permission of the court in which his case is pending was obtained.”

• 3. When the patient is attending to an emergency and no one is available and competent enough to be his substitute to attend to such emergency. • 4. On account of illness incapacitating him to attend.

Sec. 3, Rule 132, Rules of Court, Rights and Obligations of a Witness
• “A witness must answer questions, although his answers may tend to establish a claim against him. However, it is the right of a witness:
i. To be protected from irrelevant, improper questions and from harsh or insulting demeanor; ii. Not to be detained longer than the interests of justice require; iii.Not to be examined except only as to matters pertinent to the issue; iv.Not to give an answer which will tend to subject him to a penalty for an offense unless otherwise provided by law; or v. Not to give an answer which will tend to degrade his reputation, unless it be to the very fact at issue or to a fact from which the fact in issue would be presumed. But a witness must answer to the fact of his previous final conviction of an offense.”

Instances when the medical witness may not be compelled to answer questions in court
• 1. It will tend to subject him to punishment for an offense; • Incriminatory questions may subject the witness to punishment or disclosure of which would form a necessary and essential part of a crime.
Sec. 17, Art. III, Phil Constitution – “No person shall be compelled to be witness against himself.

• 2. It will degrade his character, except when such degradation of character is the very fact at issue; • A medical witness may refer to memoranda, notes or other pertinent papers:

Impeachment of Medical Testimony
• 1.By contradicting testimonies by others of his own class or by any other competent witnesses; • 2.By showing that the medical witness is interested in the outcome of the case or bias; • 3.By an inconsistent statement made at another time; • 4. By not expressing the opinion testified to at the time when such expression might reasonably had been expected; and • When the scientific treatise which he relies on as the basis of his opinion does not sustain him.

Effects of False Testimony
• 1. Art. 180, Revised Penal Code, False testimony against a defendant: • “ Any person who shall give testimony against the defendant in any criminal case shall suffer:
– i. The penalty of reclusion temporal, if the defendant in said case shall have been sentenced to death; – ii. The penalty of prision mayor, if the defendant shall have been sentenced to reclusion temporal or perpetua; – iii. The penalty of prision correccional, if the defendant shall have been sentenced to any other afflictive penalty; and – iv. The penalty of arresto mayor, if the defendant shall have been sentenced to a correccional penalty or a fine, or shall have been acquitted.”

Art.” .• 2. 181. False Testimony favorable to a defendant: “Any person who shall give false testimony in favor of the defendant in a criminal case.xxx…if the prosecution is for felony punishable by an afflictive penalty. shall suffer the penalties of arresto mayor in its maximum period to prision correccional…. Revised Penal Code...xxx.

• 3. Art.” . Revised Penal Code. 182. False Testimony in Civil Cases: “Any person found guilty of false testimony in civil cases shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional…xxx if the amount in controversy shall exceeds 5.000 pesos …xxx.

Revised Penal Code. shall testify under oath.” . or make an affidavit. Art. 183. shall suffer the respective penalties provided therein. False testimony in other cases and perjury in solemn affirmation: “The penalty of arresto mayor …xxx.• 4. • Any person. knowingly making untruthful statements and not being included in the provisions of the next preceding articles. shall commit any of the falsehoods mentioned in this and the three preceding articles of this section. upon ant material before a competent person authorized to administer an oath in cases in which the law so requires. who in case of a solemn affirmation made in lieu of an oath.

are not corroborated by circumstances or other unimpeached evidence. Falsu In Omnibus” • When a witness falsified the truth on one point.Principle of “Falsus In Uno. • Requisites: • 1. • 2. his testimony on other points may be disregarded. . That the witness deliberately or intentionally falsified the truth. The false testimony must be on material point. unless corroborated by other unimpeached evidences. • 3. That the other portions of the testimony to be discredited.

but from innocent mistakes and the desire of the witness to exculpate himself though not completely. .When the error did not arise from the apparent desire to prevent the truth.When the mistake was not in a very material point. • 2. • 3.• When it is not applicable • 1.When there are sufficient corroborations in many grounds of the testimony.

1.” • Sec.CONTEMPT • Sec. Rules of Court • Direct Contempt Punished Summarily – “A person guilty of misbehavior in the presence of or so near a court as to obstruct or interrupt the proceedings before the same. or to subscribe an affidavit or deposition when lawfully required to do so. Rule 21. If the subpoena was not issued by a court. the disobedience thereto shall be punished in accordance with the applicable law or Rule. refusal to be sworn or to answer as witness.” . including disrespect toward the court. offensive personalities toward others. Rule 71. 9. may be summarily adjudged in contempt by such court…xxx. Rules of Court • Contempt – “ Failure by any person without adequate cause to obey a subpoena served upon him shall be deemed a contempt of court from which the subpoena is issued.

The rescue of a person or property in the custody of an officer by virtue of an order. – 3.” . Rules of Court • Indirect contempt To Be Punished After Charged and Hearing – “After a charge in writing has been filed.• Sec. and an opportunity given to the respondent to comment thereon within such period…xxx…. – 2. 3.. or from holding him in custody pending such proceedings. Any improper conduct tending directly or indirectly to impede. Any abuse of or any unlawful interference with the process or proceedings of a court not constituting direct contempt…. Misbehavior of an officer of a court in the performance of his official duties or in his official transactions. Assuming to be an attorney…. or judgment of a court…. – 6. – 5. obstruct... a person guilty of any of the following acts may be punished for indirect contempt: – 1. or degrade the administration of justice. order. • But nothing in this section shall be construed as to prevent the court • from issuing process to bring the respondent to the court. Disobedience of or resistance to a lawful writ. Rule 71. – 4.. process.

Hypothetical questions propounded to a medical witness • A physician may be requested to draw his conclusions or opinions from asset of facts which may or may not known to him. he may be asked directly for his opinion. It must be framed as to fairly represent those facts and not give a situation a false color by the way the statement was given. He must answer the question provided those set of facts has the following requisites: • 1. and upon the assumption of the facts so stated. • • Where the expert is familiar with the facts by personal • observation and so testifies. The hypothetical question must not be unfair or misleading. he must base his opinion. The hypothetical question is based upon facts which are in evidence and assumed facts within the limit of evidence. without stating the facts upon which it is based. . • 2. • 3. • When the expert is not familiar with the facts upon which it is based. they must be stated to him hypothetically.

The human mind is not absolutely impossible. • 2. may unconsciously favor one of the party litigants.The opinion of the medical expert is based on experience and treatise or books which may be divergent from the observation of others .The testimony however impartial.Rationale on the Corroborative Probative Value of Medical Expert Testimonies • 1.

• Sacred trust of information • Practice of medicine is not a business. . • “friend of man” • • Art. • Proper consultation and referral. • Immediate action in cases of emergency.CODE OF MEDICAL ETHICS • Art. II – Duties of Physicians to their Patients • To attend to his patients faithfully and conscientiously. I – General Principles • Primary objective of the practice of medicine is SERVICE to mankind. • He must exercise good faith and strict honesty in expressing his opinion. • Free to choose whom to serve.

To protect the public from charlatans. sanitation and health. Gratuitous services to the indigents. III – Duties of Physicians to the Community Cooperation with proper authorities. No solicitation and extravagant and false advertisements.• • • • • • Art. To assist in the administration of justice. .

Observe utmost caution.Should expose without fear or favor. before the proper medical or legal tribunals corrupt and dishonest conduct of members of the profession.He should be diligent.Proper consultation and referral. -To refrain from making unfair and unwarranted criticisms of other physicians. . IV – Duties of Physicians to their Colleagues and to the Profession • • • • • • • • • . .To keep abreast to the advancements of medical science and contribute to its progress. . .Should aid in safeguarding against the admission of those who are unfit or unqualified because of deficiency in moral character. .Gratuitous services to a colleague. • • .Art. tact and prudence as regards professional conduct of another physician.Uphold the honor and dignity of the profession.No advertising by means of untruthful or improbable statements in newspapers or exaggerated announcements. . upright. . modest and well-versed in both the science and art of medicine. .Observe punctuality. . sober.

value and superiority and recommendation of drugs. 12 of the Medical Act of 1959. • Penal Provisions • -Violation of the provisions of this Code constitute unethical and unprofessional conduct and therefore a sufficient ground for the reprimand. reputation and dignity of allied professional.Art. V – Duties of Physicians to Allied Professionals – To cooperate with and safeguard the interest. par. – Not to allow to be published any testimonial certifying the efficacy. – Non-payment of commissions to any person who refers cases to help him acquire patients. 24. . suspension or revocation of the certificate of registration of the offending physician in accordance with the provisions of Sec.

Art.RIGHT AGAINST SELF-INCRIMINATION • Sec. including civil actions and administrative or legislative investigations. It may be claimed not only by the accused but also by any witness to whom a question calling for an incriminating answer is addressed. III. • “No person shall be compelled to witness against himself. • • In criminal actions. • • The same principle shall apply to the respondent in an administrative proceeding where the respondent may be subjected to sanctions of a penal character. such as cancellation of his license to practice medicine. Philippine Constitution states that.” • • The right is available not only in criminal prosecutions but also in all other government proceedings. 28 SCRA 345). the accused may not be compelled to take the witness stand. . 17. on the reasonable assumption that the purpose of the interrogation will be to incriminate him.(Pascual vs. Board of Medical Examiners.

. PE).Scope: – The kernel of the right is not against all compulsion. but testimonial compulsion only. – The prohibition extends to the compulsion for the production of documents. – It is simply against the legal process of extracting from the lips of the accused an admission of his guilt. Fingerprinting. – It does not apply where the evidence sought to be excluded is not an incriminating statement but an OBJECT EVIDENCE(eg. papers and chattels that may be used as evidence against the witness except where the State has the right to examine or inspect under the police power of the State. photographing. – The right also protects the accused against any attempt to compel him to furnish a specimen of his handwriting in connection with a prosecution for falsification. paraffin testing.

.Thank you very much and good day to everyone! ALBERT D. LL.B. M..D. REBOSA.

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