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Patients' Rights Code

  • The patient has the right to considerate professional medical care performed with understanding by qualified personnel.
  • The patient has the right to know the name of the doctor and other healthcare workers who treat him/her. He/she has the right to request privacy and services that are adequate to the hospital, as well as the ability to socialise with family members or friends on a daily basis. The limitation of such (continuous) visits can only be done for serious reasons.
  • The patient has the right to obtain from his doctor the information necessary to make an informed decision to agree with the doctor before starting any new diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. Except in the case of an acute health threat, he/she should be adequately informed of the potential risks associated with the next process. If there are multiple alternatives, or if the patient requires information about treatment alternatives, he/she has the right to become acquainted with them. He/she also has the right to know the names of the persons involved.
  • The patient has the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law, but must at the same time be informed of the consequences of his decision with regards to his/her health.
  • During ambulatory and hospital examinations and treatments, the patient has the right to take the maximum account of his/her privacy and care in connection with the treatment program. Analyses of his/her case, examination, consultation and treatment are confidential and must be done discreetly. The presence of persons who are not directly involved in the treatment must be approved by the patient, even in the faculty facilities, unless the patient has chosen these persons himself/herself.
  • The patient has the right to expect that all reports and records relating to his/her treatment are considered confidential.
  • The patient has the right to expect that the hospital must, as far as possible, adequately meet the patient’s requests for care to the degree appropriate to the nature of the illness. If necessary, the patient may be transferred to another medical institution or taken there after being given a complete justification and information on the necessity of this transfer and the other alternatives that exist.
  • The patient has the right to expect his treatment to be conducted with adequate continuity; he/she has the right to know in advance what doctors, what kind of office hours and where they are available to him. After being released from hospital, he has the right to expect his doctor to inform him about how he will be further treated.
  • The patient has the right to a detailed and comprehensible explanation when a physician chooses a non-standard procedure or experiment. The written informed consent of the patient is a condition for the initiation of non-therapeutic and therapeutic research. The patient can withdraw from the experiment at any time, without giving any reason, when informed of the possible consequences of such a decision with regard to his/her health.
  • A terminally ill patient, at the end of his/her life, has the right to the sensitive care of all health care professionals who have to respect his/her wishes, unless these are inconsistent with applicable laws.
  • The patient has the right and the duty to know and follow the valid regulations of the institution where he or she is treated (the “hospital rules”). The patient will have the right to inspect their account and request the justification of individual items regardless of the account being paid.
  • In January 1991, the Federal Assembly passed the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms; in connection with it, the Central Ethics Commission of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic elaborated and approved the Code of Rights of Patients; this was declared valid on 25 February 1992.


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