Patients have clearly defined rights. In general, the following applies:
- Doctors may only act with the agreement of the patient.
- Doctors always have to inform their patients completely about their disease, its history, and treatment options.
- The burden of proof in treatment and education failures lies in certain circumstances not entirely on the patient.
Ideally, a doctor and a patient should have a relationship of mutual trust. The doctor should respect the rights of the patient and, if necessary, make the patient aware of these rights. Somehow, however, things do not always run so smoothly. If conflicts arise between a doctor and a patient, it is helpful to know and demand your rights.
And if a patient believes that a doctor has made a mistake, it is possible to take steps, such as getting help from a lawyer or going to the relevant medical association (Ärztekammer).
If there are any conflicts between patient and doctor, it's helpful to know and use the law.