All cancer patients, either insured on not, can visit KEPAs (Disability Certification Centres) (KEPA), which fall under the Directorate for Disability and Occupational Medicine of IKA-ETAM. KEPAs are responsible for ensuring a common healthcare assessment regarding the determination of disability rate.
- Do you know that cancer patients have the RIGHT to request a DISABILITY RATE assessment and are eligible for all SOCIAL and FINANCIAL BENEFITS stemming from said assessment?
- Do you know that cancer patients have the RIGHT of access to contemporary diagnostic tests and innovative medicines, regardless of their cost?
The patient’s attending physician is entitled to request the conduct of any necessary diagnostic tests and prescribe any necessary medicines, even if the latter are not included in the National Formulary, IF the physician deems them necessary for the treatment of the specific patient.
- Do you know that cancer patients have the RIGHT to ask for a second medical opinion, as well as request that a medical council convene and consult on possible treatments?
Cancer patients maintain their vested and inalienable right to make their own decisions regarding their health and treatment.
- Do you know that cancer patients have the RIGHT to refuse consent to any type of diagnostic test or intended therapeutic procedure?
As provided by law, each cancer patient has the right to be fully informed of all possible risks stemming from any diagnostic or therapeutic procedure. Such diagnostic or therapeutic procedures can only be carried out following the patient’s consent. The patient is free to withdraw consent at any time.
- Do you know that cancer patients have the RIGHT to request and obtain a full copy of their medical record?
As provided by law, a cancer patient’s medical record is the sole property of the patient. The data on the medical record include both diagnostic test results and histopathology slides. Hospitals must maintain patient medical records for 20 years and deliver them to the patient or a person authorized by the patient upon request.
- Do you know that cancer patients have the RIGHT to refuse to participate in any investigational or educational medical procedure?
Cancer patients are free to choose whether to participate in any medical research or training procedure. Patients are free to withdraw consent at any time.