Hospital Code of Ethics
To promote public welfare primarily and secondly, to guide governing bodies, hospital administrators, professional and non-professional staff members and others who constitute the “hospital family”, ethical and administrative principles are herewith established for the Philippine Hospital System. By the sincere and voluntary commitment to those principles, the hospital is better able to perform the functions in a manner that will deserve and receive the patronage and support of the community it serves.
It is not always possible to clearly distinguish between ethical principles which apply basically to conduct, and administrative principles which refer to the means by which ethical principles may be carried out. Both are important to the proper and acceptable operation of the hospital.
For the purpose of this concern, “Ethics” is defines as “standards of conduct normally established as a moral guide for human behavior” and “principles” are universally applicable beliefs that may be developed to guide the conduct of both individuals and institution.
I. Ethical and Administrative Principles for Hospitals
Objectives of the Hospital:
1. The Primary objective of the hospital are the following:
1.2 To provide the best possible facilities for the care of the sick and injured at all times;
1.3 To constantly upgrade and improve methods for the care, the cure, amelioration and prevention of disease; and
1.4 To promote the practice of medicine by Physicians within the institution consistent with the acceptable quality of patient care.
These objectives require an efficient organization, a competent administrator, a qualified medical staff, other well-trained personnel and adequate physical facilities with all of which services are made available at all times consistent with community needs.
2. The hospital should have the following secondary objectives:
2.1 To encourage research and teaching and to assist in the advancement of scientific knowledge.
2.2 To set an example of ethical practice, cooperate with other hospitals and take an active part in the promotion of health;
2.3To provide kind and considerate care for all patients and must always provide needed emergency treatment.
The hospital has a moral responsibility to make every effort to ensure full and complete recovery of its patients because of which the hospitals’ interest and activities require an extension beyond its walls.
1.1.1 To cooperate with recognized hospital associations and agencies and to develop cooperative action with other hospitals within the country.
II. Hospital Ethics
1. Hospital must recognize that the care of the sick is their first responsibility and a sacred trust, striving, at all times, to provide the best possible care and treatment to all in need of hospitalization.
2. Hospitals, recognizing their unique role in safeguarding the nation’s health, should seek through compassionate and scientific care and health education, to extend life, alleviate suffering, and improve the general health of the communities they serve.
3. Hospitals should remain and promote harmonious relationships within the organization, to insure the proper environment for effective, efficient and equitable care and treatment of patients.
4. Hospitals should seek to inspire the confidence of the entire community and should appreciate and respect the social and religious practices and customs of patients.
5. Hospitals, to the extent possible and within their limitations, should conduct educational projects, stimulate research, and encourage preventive health practices in the community.
6. Hospitals should cooperate with other hospitals, health and welfare agencies, government and non-government, and other recognized organizations engaged in activities related to the health of the country.
7. Hospitals, in reporting their work to the public, should give a factual and objective interpretation of accomplishments and objectives without putting down directly or indirectly by implication, the work of other hospitals or related organizations.
8. Hospital, cognizant of their social responsibilities, should actively support and encourage every effective means which will ease the financial burdens of illness.
9. Hospital should be fair, honest and impartial in all their business relationships and utilize legal and legitimate means in promoting their public relations.
10.Hospitals should be progressive in policies, personnel policies, and effort to maintain up-to-date equipment, methods and standards of performance.
Formulated through the collaboration of the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) & the Philippine College of Hospital Administrators (PCHA).
February 8, 2012