Practice of medicine in Singapore is transitioning from paternalistic to that of patient autonomy. Firstly, on the list of transitions came the protection of personal information under the PDPA.
Paternalistic practice of medicine is well entrenched.
A medical practitioner is assumed to hold the key to knowledge & all decisions are based on judgment & selection choice of the practitioner for the patient.
While information is now widely available & the opportunities to acquire information to make an informed decision may no longer completely lie with the medical practitioner, the move towards patient autonomy will quickly gain traction.
Patient autonomy is thus about the transference of the will to decide what is in one’s best interest back to the patient. In order to make such an informed decision, there is always the issue about the amount of information necessary in order to satisfy the remit of an informed consent.