Is it legal to hold the patient's medicines even if it is needed ASAP?

My father is confined in this hospital (won't say the name) due to stroke. They said that he's in a critical condition because one of his blood vessels in the brain got ruptured. Of course, he needed to be operated so we did our best to pay at least a partial amount for his surgery. We paid almost Php 135,000. To make it short, after his surgery he needed medicines to recover fully but his medicines are so expensive. They said to us that they won't release the medicine unless we give another partial payment. And the frustrating part is that the medicine can only be bought in their own pharmacy. They won't let us buy outside. Any explanations for this?

2 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    You sound like not in the US, but in the US, you CANNOT bring outside meds into the hospital and give them--this is for safety and legal reasons, the staff & hospital is responsible for the patient: receiving meds they dont know the exact med, the dose, the interactions etc is very risky as there is only the family's word as to what they are. And untoward event would be a huge lawsuit, and a bad outcome.

  • 1 month ago

    what country? they are all different ... you should consult a local lawyer.

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