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Patient Rights

The rights of hospital patients are regulated in article 47 of Law 2071/92 (Government Gazette 165A) and apply accordingly to the citizens who use secondary healthcare units. In particular:

  • A patient has the right of access the services of a Clinic; the ones most appropriate for the nature of his/her illness.
  • A patient has the right to receive care with due respect for his/her human dignity. This care includes not only the general practice of Medicine and Nursing, but also paramedical services, appropriate accommodation, applicable treatment, and effective administrative and technical services.
  • A patient has the right to consent to or refuse any diagnostic or therapeutic procedure to be performed on him/her. In case of a patient with partial or complete intellectual disability, this right is exercised by the person acting legally on his/her behalf.
  • A patient has the right to receive information about his condition.
  • A patient's interest is crucial and depends on the completeness and accuracy of the information he/she receives. Information should allow a patient to form a complete picture of the medical, social and economic aspects of his/her condition, and make decisions himself/herself or participate in the decision-making process that may affect his/her later life.
  • A patient or his/her representative, in case of partial or complete intellectual disability of the patient, has the right to be fully informed in advance of the risks that arise or may arise from the application of unusual or experimental diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. The implementation of these procedures to a patient takes place only after the patient has given his/her informed consent in writing. This consent may be revoked by the patient at any time.
  • A patient must feel completely free in reaching his/her decision to accept or reject any cooperation for research or education purposes. His/her consent to his/her participation is his/her inalienable right and may be revoked at any time.
  • A patient has the right, to the extent and actual conditions possible, to protect his/her private life. The confidentiality of the information and the content of the documents concerning him/her, his/her medical file, his/her medical records, and any findings must be protected.
  • A patient has the right to respect and recognition of his/her religious and ideological beliefs.
  • A patient has the right to complain or object or to file complaints and appeals accordingly, and to be fully aware of the actions and results thereof.

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