In recent decades, there has rightly been considerable emphasis on the rights of patients.
By contrast, very little attention has been given to the responsibilities and obligations that patients have. The times are changing, however. The shared financial burden of providing health care is soaring. As a result, people reasonably expect their fellow citizens to make prudent and efficient use of the health care system. Furthermore, developments in the way care is provided demand more active input from patients. Changes to the care system also imply a greater acceptance of responsibility by the patient.