Finns defined patients' rights before Dutch

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6947.130c (Published 09 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:130
  1. Marja-Liisa Partanen,
  2. Tyyne Martikainen
  1. Deputy director Senior counsellor Department for Social and Health Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland, PO Box 267, 00171 Helsinki, Finland.

    EDITOR,—A new, comprehensive law on patients’ status and rights in Finland took effect on 1 March 1993 after a long period of preparation. Thus Finland was the first country in Europe, one year before the Netherlands,1 to pass a law defining the responsibilities of health professionals to their patients.

    The Finnish Act on Status and Rights of Patients concerns the care and treatment of patients in all health …

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