Based on the right to privacy and confidentiality, the patient is entitled to the confidential handling of their medical data by those participating in their care.
The patient has the right to:
- decide on whom can be informed about their condition and whom can be banned from receiving information;
- be surrounded by only those people who participate in their medical care;
- privacy during their examination and treatment – meaning that without their consent, people who do not participate in their care cannot be around them during their care, unless it is impossible because of an emergency;
- appoint a person who can be informed about their hospitalization and about the course of their disease, and they also have the right to ban any person from receiving confidential information about their medical status.
The appointed individual has to be informed by the medical facility about the patient’s localization within the hospital and about any significant change in the patient’s condition.
Information regarding the patients’ condition and further nursing care must be provided to the individuals taking care of the patients without the patients’ consent, if the absence of providing this information would lead to damage to the patients’ health.