Health Ombudsman May Watch Out for Patients in Bulgaria
Source: Sofia News Agency
Bulgaria's parliament nodded at first reading Wednesday a project bill on patients' rights, suggesting that the state appoints a health ombudsman, Darik News revealed.
The ombudsman would see to it that patients' rights aren't violated and that each is compensated if their health suffers due to an experiment, or a therapeutic or diagnostic procedure.
Three different project laws were introduced before the national assembly by Democrats for Strong Bulgaria (DSB), centrists Simeon II National Movement and the right wing.
All three state that patients have the right to receive information on their health condition and the treatment they would undergo. DSB's suggestion states that no medical procedures should be performed unless the patient has verbally stated an informed agreement on the matter or acted in a way suggesting that they agree.