Treatment and counseling of patients affected by medical errors and accidents


Dear Mr. Marshal! Mr. Joseph Sepïl dated May 31, 2006 letter SPS-024-1174 / 06 health violations and accidents suffered as a result of the treatment and assistance referring to the question , please accept the following explanation. .    

Initially, it is important to keep in mind that health care, like any human activity, is not free from the occurrence of various events, including mistakes and adverse events. According to the definition of health care services is so complex, there is no doubt that, even a few times, even under the auspices of the relevant doctor, but he certainly other art .

Article 4 of the Law of December 5, 1996 on the specialties of doctors and dentists (Journal of Laws , 2005, No. 226, 1943) refers to high risk. In this case, any patient has the right to treatment, to meet the health needs arising from adverse events, to receive compensation, to receive explanations and to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to prevent a recurrence. The Ministry of Health, through the Office of Patient Protection , supports the actions of people injured as a result of the work of health facilities.

 The creation of a guarantee fund, as stated in the member’s letter, can have a significant impact on public finances, requiring the approval of the Minister, as patients receive a certain amount of compensation, regardless of their debts and reasons. Finance The introduction of such a parameter will undoubtedly lead to an increase in patient requirements.

It must be agreed that compulsory third party insurance is not an optimal solution due to lengthy compensation procedures. However, according to the Ministry of Health, this is not due to the specifics of these types of civil cases, but to the length of the general civil proceedings. It can also be prevented through the widespread use of conciliation measures in civil proceedings. Closing the agreement is the fastest and cheapest way for both the health care provider and the patient to resolve the dispute amicably.