When do doctors stop treatment

Clarification, rejection of treatment and second opinion

Your doctor must provide you with comprehensive and understandable information - in particular about diagnosis, therapy, alternative treatment options and foreseeable health developments. He has to explain the chances and risks of a treatment to you in understandable language - personally. Take this opportunity to ask questions and ask your doctor to use other words if you do not understand something. The doctor can include written documents (leaflets, brochures). However, they are not allowed to replace the conversation.

The counseling person must conduct the clarification interview himself - or a person who is appropriately experienced and knows your medical history. The conversation must also take place on time. This is the only way you have the opportunity to ask all the questions that preoccupy you and make your decision freely. In turn, you should inform your doctor of all treatment-relevant facts. This also includes talking about contagious diseases that could endanger your health.

In special cases, the medical consultation may be omitted. For example in emergency situations such as after a traffic accident. You can decide for yourself to what extent you would like to be informed. You can also expressly forego it entirely.

Does the doctor also have to provide information about the treatment costs? Basically yes. As a socially insured patient, you can request a patient receipt after the treatment has been completed or on a quarterly basis (more on this in Part 3 of patient rights). As a self-paying patient, the doctor is particularly obliged to inform you about the costs that you will likely have to bear if it becomes apparent that the insurance will not cover the costs in full or that clarification is required.