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Patient rights

Patients are entitled to the best healthcare services available. The patient's condition, prospects, and the best available knowledge will all be taken into consideration. Patients may not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, religion, opinion, nationality, race, colour, economic position, birth or status.

Patients are entitled to information on their own health, their prospects for recovery, the treatment planned and other measures. Patients have the right to decide whether they accept treatment.

Individual medical files are either stored in a healthcare facility or with the doctor of the person in question. If a patient or the patient's agent wishes to see all or part of his or her medical file, the healthcare employee is under obligation to provide it.

By law, the informed consent of a patient must be obtained, either for treatment or for the patient's direct participation in scientific research.

Patients may, at any time, withdraw consent for the storage of their bio-samples, and for the transfer of their information into a health-sector database.

Obligation of confidentiality

All employees of the healthcare services are bound by the obligation of confidentiality with respect to patients. Exceptions may be made if it is clear that maintaining confidentiality will cause more damage than breaking it.

Laws and regulations