Annual Report 2015 - Page 30

Protecting and eMpowering Ensuring Patients Are Not Prevented From Accessing Care In 2015, the College Council approved a policy that safeguards patients’ rights to access health care. The Professional Obligations and Human Rights policy sets out physicians’ existing legal obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code, and the College’s expectation that physicians will respect the fundamental rights of those who seek their medical services. The policy also sets out the College’s expectations for physicians who limit the health services they provide due to their personal values and beliefs. A key feature of the policy is that it requires physicians to provide their patients with an effective referral to another health-care provider for those services the physician chooses not to provide for reasons of conscience or religion. The policy protects patient rights by ensuring that patients are not prevented from accessing care that is clinicall