The Nephrologist should see to it that the best interests of the patients are served, bearing in mind that their relationship is an implied contract of trust and confidence, thus the rules of privileged communication shall not be violated except when required by law or for the greater interest of the public.
The Nephrologist is under no obligation to accept a patient especially if the case is not within the scope of his/her expertise, except in case of emergency. The patient has the right to choose his/her nephrologists.
The Nephrologist shall take into consideration the wishes of the patient as to the method of diagnostic procedures and the treatment to be done, after explaining the risks and benefits, possible consequences if refused by the patient, as well as the immediate and long term financial costs. The nephrologists shall secure free and informed consent for the proposed management agreed upon.
The Nephrologist shall inform the patient of the nature of his/her illness and the prognosis thereof if possible.
Referral or consultations to other specialists should always be sought with the consent of the patient in difficult and problematic cases with the purpose of giving the best service.
The Nephrologist shall not engage in, nor encourage the selling and purchase of human organs for transplant purposes. Organs from live donors shall be secured only with free informed consent.
The Nephrologist shall not prescribe, dispense, manufacture or provide secret remedies for use in any manner and/or boast of radical cure or exhibit testimonial successes in their use without good scientific basis.
Professional fees or honoraria of nephrologists shall be commensurate with the services rendered as well as the ability of the patient to pay, with due consideration to the difficulty/seriousness of the case, the experience and expertise of the nephrologists, and the prevailing fees in the community/hospital.
The Code of Ethics of the Philippine College of Physicians/ Philippine Pediatric Society, the Nuremberg/ Helsinki Codes, and good clinical practice must be adhered to in all researches using human subjects