The International Charter for Human Values in Healthcare is a collaborative effort involving people, countries, organizations and institutions around the world working together to restore core human values to healthcare. These human values include the capacity for compassion, respect for persons, commitment to integrity and ethical practice, commitment to excellence, and justice in healthcare.
Placing emphasis on our core values will help to solve many problems in healthcare -- ranging from excessive cost and profit to inadequate care for the less fortunate and underserved. The Charter is meant to inspire a movement to improve care by restoring the primacy of human values, to place them at the center, and to make them the goal of every effort in healthcare.
The Charter is an initiative from the International Collaborative for Communication in Healthcare, established at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in March 2011.
The Collaborative is becoming the International Centre for Communication in Healthcare at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of Technology, Sydney,
with over 50 members from over 10 countries around the world.