Assessment of health legislation

The second research theme pertains to individual patient’s rights. The theme mainly includes studies aimed at assessing health laws. In the Netherlands, it is mandatory for laws to be assessed for a number of years after their introduction. These assessments are carried out by independent research institutes. The recommendations based on the study are discussed in Parliament and can lead to changes in the current legislation or other policy measures to improve the current legislation.

Over the past five years, the health law section has assessed the following aspects of health law:

  • Psychiatric Hospitals (Compulsory Admissions) Act (1996 and 2001)
  • Clients’ Right of Complaint (Care Sector) Act (1999)
  • The Medical Treatment Contracts Act (1999)
  • Organ Donation Act (2001)
  • Care Institutions (Quality) Act (2001)