Aart C Hendriks

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Article 13, Access to Justice: 1. States Parties shall ensure effective access to justice for persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others, including through the provision of procedural and ageappropriate accommodations, in order to facilitate their effective role as direct and indirect participants, including as witnesses, in all legal(More)
Despite the fact that the right to health is solidly embedded in various international human rights documents, there remains widespread confusion about the precise meaning of this right and its legal ramifications. It is widely believed that the absence of a universal definition, together with the lack of clarity about the nature and scope of corresponding(More)
Guaranteeing equal health care of appropriate quality implies taking ethnic and cultural diversity into account, without over- or underestimating the importance of these grounds. Besides awareness of its relevance, it is essential to have disaggregated data to better understand the relationship between ethnicity and culture on the one hand and health and(More)
During the last fifteen years, an increasing number of European countries have adopted laws or other legal instruments respecting and protecting the rights of patients. This reflects the progressive recognition of the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all (potential) users of the health care system. At the same time, however, a growing(More)
It is hard to determine how a doctor should act when a patient with a somatic condition refuses medical care. The Dutch law obliges a doctor to inform a patient about his condition and the possible treatment options. This includes an effort to reach out and make contact with the patient. But how far should a doctor's responsibility reach when a patient(More)
Respecting and protecting personal autonomy requires that autonomy is interpreted in conjunction with the principle of good care in a way consistent with (the aspirations enshrined in) human dignity. This leads to a principled and relational approach towards personal autonomy. This implies an active role of health care providers, as councillors of patients,(More)
The introduction of the Act on Quality, Complaints and Disputes in Health care (WKKGZ) on 1 January 2016, brings changes for physicians in the Netherlands. Even though not all the implications of the Act are yet known, it is clear that the new provisions on quality entail a substantial increase in the administrative workload. With respect to the right of(More)
Problematic sickness absence is an issue that concerns not only occupational health physicians, but all physicians. More collaboration between occupational health and treating physicians, plus improved alignment of symptom treatment and reintegration counselling, can help avoid long-term sickness absence of employees. Achieving this goal presupposes mutual(More)