The Duty of Examination in Person ─ On the Change and Challenge of Paragraph 11 of Physicians Act
According to paragraph 11 of Physicians Act, the physician shall not give any medical treatment, any description and any certificate of diagnosis without any diagnosis personally. There is still an exception for telemedicine. By doing so, the physician could realize the condition of patients and give medical treatments with communications. The so-called giving medical treatment personally means formally that the physician should be present personally, but essentially that the physician should attend each part of the medical treatment, instead of being present at the hole progress of the medical treatment. It would also be a necessary consequence of the modern cooperation of medical groups. The Ministry of Health and Welfare extended the regulation to the object and the model of given a medical treatment, proclaiming recently the Measure of Diagnosis and Medical Treatment with Communication to face the coming of an aged society, and the application of communications on medical treatments. It would be suspected as the consequence that the creative technologies in the future, which bring the challenge to the model of medical treatments, will influent the interaction between patients and physicians, and have challenges to the existing rules.