Confidentiality of Health Information in Greece, the Birthplace of Hippocrates
Medicine and Law 2002; 21(3): 451-458
It is a doctor's duty to observe the rules of professional secrecy strictly by refraining from disclosing voluntarily to any third party information concerning a patient, that he has learned in the course of his professional practice. Greece is a European Union country with its own tradition, history, culture and beliefs but without political and legislative experience in the statutory handling of medical matters. This paper aims to give emphasis to the obligation of confidence in the area of medical practice and to discuss the legal issues likely to be raised in relation to the current state of Greek legal order.
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