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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 37  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 152-157

The rights of patients as consumers: An ancient view

1 Department of Agadtantra, Mahila Utkarsh Pratishthan's Ayurved College, Washim, Maharashtra, India
2 Deparment of Agadtantra, Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/ayu.AYU_216_15

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As far as the rights of consumers are concerned, the International Organization of Consumer's Union (IOCU) in 1983 has specified about the eight rights of a consumer. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA), 1986 then prescribed six “Rights of Consumers,” which are protected under the act. However, these rights can be observed in the ancient Indian texts such as Brihat-trayee, Narad Smruti, and Kautilya Arthashastra., in the form of rights given to patients. For the purpose of present study, the implemented methodology includes – (1) study of the consumer rights described by IOCU and CPA, (2) detailed review of literature for observance of replication of these consumer rights in the ancient Indian texts and (3) a comparative study of the present consumer rights with the rights of patients observed in ancient Indian texts. This study shows that the substance of consumer rights is not a recent evolution, but the foundation of these rights has been laid well beforehand in the ancient times, which were provided to the patients by medical profession as well as by the rulers. The current scenario of protection of consumer rights is the replication of this ancient practice only.

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