Right to receive information

As a patient, you have the right to be kept fully informed about your illness and treatment.

This information should cover for instance:

  • what you are suffering from;
  • which medically sound forms of treatment are available;
  • what complications and side effects an examination or treatment mayinvolve;
  • which options are available for prevention and care;
  • what the consequences may be if you do not wish to receive treatment.

You also have the right to decline such information.

Information for young people

If you are aged between 15 and 18, you have the right to be informed in person about your illness and treatment. Usually, your parents should also receive this information, but a decision on how much they will be told will be made based on your individual situation. This will include considerations regarding the severity of your illness, the type of treatment and your level of maturity as well as any need to follow up treatment in your home.