Accountability of Patients

The committee acknowledges another aspect of accountability: that of the patient. Patients are responsible for their own health to the extent that they are capable—that is, that they have the knowledge and skills that allow them to participate in improving their health. Patients must also be responsible in their use of resources when they need health care. These issues go well beyond the committee 's purposes in this definition-oriented interim report, however, and will be explored more fully in the final report.

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