Healthcare for Internationals

Give permission for treatment

Your healthcare provider may only examine and treat you with your permission. Sometimes people are not able to do so, for example in case of a psychosis or after a serious accident. The patient is then legally incapable. In this situation, someone else has to give permission. Often this is a family member.

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No permission ➜

You are not obliged to give permission for a treatment. If you do not give permission for a medical examination or a treatment, the doctor must respect your decision. The doctor should always inform you about…

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Revoking your permission ➜

If you doubt your given permission for a certain procedure, you can always come back to your decision.

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Emergency treatment ➜

If in an emergency situation you are unable to give your consent, a doctor may treat you, except if some kind of ‘do not resuscitate’ statement shows that you do not want to be treated.