Zeitschrift für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität im Gesundheitswesen
Jahrgang 106, Heft
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In our society, taking personal responsibility is basically regarded as a key step to adopting a more active lifestyle. In health care, however, personal responsibility is primarily equated with higher levels of financial contribution from patients. Obviously, the individual‘s responsibility for his or her health and towards the mutually supportive community is a highly emotional and ideological issue, so the debate is usually rather heated. This is, however, at odds with the “empowered patient” concept. In the present paper “personal responsibility in practice” will be understood to include both physician and patient responsibility. Examples will be employed to demonstrate that, on an individual level, physicians are responsible for diagnosing and treating their patients as indicated and that, on a collective level, they are expected to make responsible use of the resources allocated. Here, patient responsibility will be defined as both taking care for one's own health and the individual's obligation to contribute to the maintenance of our solidarity-based health care system. The tensions between solidarity and subsidiarity and personal responsibility, respectively, will be outlined, and a readjustment of the relation between external support and individual strengths, between solidarity and personal responsibility in terms of Sect. 1 of the Social Book Code V will be advocated.
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Eigenverantwortung des Patienten; Gesundheitsverhalten; ärztliche Verantwortung; Solidarität; Subsidiarität; patient responsibility; health behaviour; physician responsibility; solidarity; subsidiarity
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.1016/j.zefq.2012.03.014