Themes

The current study of the Law & Health Care research group deals with the following topics:

Right to Health Care

The changes in today's health care systems raise questions regarding the significance and consequences of the right to health care. This right to health care is based on various perspectives: national and international dimensions, the role of various legal principles and the legal system, and the organisational dimension.

Health Care Systems and Health Law from an International Perspective, in particular European Laws and Regulations

Health care systems and national health law are increasingly influenced by international and European laws and regulations. International partnerships, such as those relating to the procurement and implementation of health care, and the introduction of various forms of competition in the health care sector make the systems susceptible to European Community law. Relevant research questions focus on the influence of international (European) law on the various national health care systems, in particular the structure and financing laws and regulations.

Development and Implementation of Patient Rights 

The rights of patients in the health care sector are continually being developed. New developments in the health care sector not only call for the revision of existing rights or the formulation of new rights, there is also the issue of the implementation of patient rights. This concerns the question of how the link between the letter and spirit of the law on the one hand and the complex health care practice on the other can best be established.

Managing Complaints and Errors, also in relation to Quality Policy

As a result of changing societal views, more attention is being paid to complaints and errors in the health care sector. The accountability obligation of care providers and institutions is therefore subject to significant changes. Over the past few years, the options for seeking legal recourse for complaints and errors have significantly increased. This study focuses on the questions this raises: What are the characteristics and limitations of the options to intervene in case of a complaint or error? How are these options related? What are the responsibilities of the parties who can exercise these options?