The hospital patient’s rights

The current legislation (Article 47 of Law. 2071/1992) provides for the hospital patients’ following rights:

  1. The patient has the right of receiving the most appropriate hospital services for the nature of his/her disease.
  2. The patient has the right of care provision to him with due respect to human dignity. This care includes the general practice of medicine and nursing, and also, paramedical services, appropriate accommodation, suitable treatment and effective administrative and technical services.
  3. The patient has the right to consent or refuse any diagnostic or therapeutic operation to be performed on him/her. In case of a patient with partial or total mental incapacity, the person who legally acts on his/her behalf exercises this right.
  4. The patient is entitled to request to be informed regarding his/her situation.
  5. The patient’s interest is crucial and depends on the completeness and accuracy of the information given to him/her. The patient’s information should allow him/her to shape a full picture of the medical, social and economic aspects of his/her situation and to take decisions himself/herself or participate in decision making, which may influence a later life.
  6. In case of implementation of the paragraph 3, the patient or his representative has the right to be informed fully and in advance, about the risks that may arise or occur in connection with the application of unusual or experimental diagnostic and therapeutic activities. The application of these to the patient takes place only after specific consent of him/her. This consent may be revoked by the patient at any time.
  7. The patient should feel completely free in his decision to accept or reject any cooperation with the purpose of research or education. The consent for any possible participation is his/her right and can be revoked at any time.
  8. The patient has the right at the extent that this is possible, to protect his/her privacy. The confidentiality of the information and content of the documents concerning him/her, the file of medical notes and findings, must be guaranteed.
  9. The patient has the right of respect and recognition of his/her religious and ideological beliefs.
  10. The patient has the right to present or dully testify protests and objections and to receive full information on follow up actions and results over such complaints.