[Patients' rights: what the new swiss civil code will change in the health care of children]

Rev Med Suisse. 2013 Feb 20;9(374):420-2.
[Article in French]


Recent progress in medicine allow to provide treatment, to cure or to extend the lifespan of people that would have not survived before. Doctors and healthcare providers have become indispensable actors in Western societies. This is particularly true for children's health issues. With the new information technologies, knowledge is now available to everyone, which enables patients to dialog on an equal footing with the physician. Nowadays, therapeutic choices are discussed and negotiated. The new tensions caused by this relationship between therapist and patient have created the need for new regulations. The Swiss Confederation has modified its Civil Code with the objective of a better protection of vulnerable individuals. This article summarizes the consequences of the new regulations with regard to the care and treatment provided to children.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Delivery of Health Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Patient Rights
  • Switzerland