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China’s Draft Doctors Law to Better Protect Doctors

Fri, 17 Sep 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress deliberated on the third draft of the Doctors Law at the 30th session on 17 Aug. 2021. Previously, the first and second draft of the Doctors Law was deliberated respectively in January and June 2021.

The third draft improves the mechanism for the protection of doctors' rights and interests and the risk-sharing of doctors' practice and adds the contends including promoting the combination of traditional Chinese and Western medicine, exemption clauses for doctors to treat and cure in public places, and standardizing doctors' practice behavior.

The Doctors Law aims to build a harmonious doctor-patient relationship and protect the human dignity and personal safety of doctors from infringement through the rule of law. To this end, the third draft specifies that doctors who cause harm in voluntary emergency treatment in public places shall not bear civil liability. Medical institutions shall purchase medical liability insurance or establish and participate in medical risk funds.



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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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