Practical application of cancer patient rights

  • PHYSICAL EXAMINATION PERFORMED BY AN EXPERIENCED PHYSICIAN WITH A SPECIALTY RELEVANT TO THE TYPE OF DISEASE

Cancer patients must be examined by a medical oncologist or a surgical oncologist or by an oncologist of a different specialty.

Cancer patients have the right to choose the physician and the hospital they deem appropriate, either public or private. As provided by law, all legally issued medical certificates and medical reports are equally valid and have the same legal validity for any lawful use before all authorities and services, WHETHER they are issued by public hospital physicians OR private physicians. Furthermore, no social insurance fund or other authority may claim that other specific regulations apply in their case, as all such special regulations have been abolished by law.

 

  • SEEKING A SECOND OPINION

Cancer patients have the right to seek a second opinion whenever they deem necessary. Cancer patients also have the right to have their doctor request a medical council meeting during which consultation on the diagnosis and treatment of their disease will be provided.

  • APPROPRIATE DIAGNOSTIC TESTS, TREATMENTS AND MEDICINES

Cancer patients are eligible for the appropriate, most cutting-edge diagnostic tests. They are also eligible for the most appropriate medicines and the most specialised treatments, regardless of their cost or whether they have been granted a marketing authorization in Greece, on condition that they are legally marketed abroad.

  • FULL COPY OF A PATIENT’S MEDICAL RECORD

Cancer patients have the right to request a full copy of their medical record. This can be done by submitting a simple application to the relevant authority either in person or by an authorized representative.
The medical file must include the histopathology slides.
The Hospital must necessarily keep a record of all medical files for 20 years and make them available to patients during their hospitalisation or treatment.

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