GSE Publications

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

October 2001


Health care literature is bursting with commentary about patient rights, patient expectations, patient demands, patient welfare, patient safety, patient privacy, informed consent and quality of care.

Why are these topics of concern? Why can't we just take it for granted that the patient and the patient's interest come first in the business of health care?

Obviously, we cannot take it for granted. But the reasons why we can't are not too obvious - and neither are the remedies.


Reprinted from The Physician Executive, Volume 27, Issue 5, October 2001, pages 6-9.



Date Posted: 16 February 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.