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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023, 6(3); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060315.

Legal Protection of Patients' Right to Privacy


Wang Shoushan

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Wang Shoushan

Tarim University, Aral, 843300, China


With the advent of the era of the rise of individual rights, countries around the world have accelerated the pace of legislation to protect citizens' right to privacy. However, due to historical and practical reasons, some people in China, especially the patients receiving hospital examination and treatment, have not been given due protection. Does the patient have the right to privacy? The answer is yes, but it is a special right of privacy. It is precisely because the subtle relationship between doctors and patients in different situations is a special civil legal relationship, so the protection of patients' privacy also presents its particularity. The author believes that this particularity is reflected in three situations, namely, in the doctor-patient relationship, in clinical teaching and in the "later" relationship. So, how should we protect this special right? This paper argues that, first of all, we should provide legal protection. Affirm that the right of privacy is an independent personal right, add the concept of the right of privacy in the Civil Code, and formulate specific medical regulations and operating systems. Secondly, improve the practical operation technology. Thirdly, the whole society should establish the concept of protecting patients' privacy.


Privacy, Patients' right to privacy, Particularity, Protection

Cite This Paper

Wang Shoushan. Legal Protection of Patients' Right to Privacy. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 3: 96-103. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2023.060315.


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