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3. Participate in decisions involving your medical condition
6. Be aware of estimated costs for investigations, procedures and treatments
7. Give us feedback
1. Provide complete and accurate information about yourself
4. Abide by all hospital rules and regulations pertaining to patients and visitors
5. Treat the hospital’s properties and facilities with care and responsibility
6. Ensure your hospital bills are paid
* Advance Medical Directive: A legal document that you sign in advance to inform the doctor/s treating you (in the event that you become terminally ill and unconscious) that you do not want any extraordinary life-sustaining treatment to be used to prolong your life.
Transplantation is a process whereby a healthy organ from a donor is placed into the body of a patient with organ failure. It is often the only hope for people suffering from organ failure. The organs for transplantation may be obtained from living donors or deceased persons. You can pledge to donate your organs. While it is a personal decision, you should discuss this with your loved ones so that they are aware of your wishes.
The Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA) allows for the kidneys, heart, liver and corneas to be removed in the event of death from any cause for the purpose of transplantation. The HOTA applies to ALL Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents 21 years old and above, who are of sound mind, unless they have opted out.
The Medical (Therapy, Education and Research) Act (MTERA) is, on the other hand, an opt-in scheme, where people who are not covered under HOTA, as well as people who wish to pledge any organ / tissue not covered by HOTA, can pledge their organs or any other body parts for the purposes of transplant, education or research after they pass away.
The regulation of living-donor transplantations (i.e. the removal of organs from a living donor for transplantation into a patient) has also been placed under the purview of HOTA since 2004. A living donor need not be related to the patient, but the organ transplant must satisfy the two major professional and ethical concerns. The donor must thoroughly understand the nature and consequence of the medical procedures, and have given his or her consent. Furthermore, there must not be any emotional coercion or financial inducement to donate an organ.
For more information on HOTA, MTERA and living-donor organ transplantation in Singapore, please refer to the Ministry of Health’s “Live On” website, at
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