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Partners in care: patients’ and parents’ rights in relation to healthcare providers

If you bring your child to the Princess Máxima Center, we will work with you to ensure he or she receives the best possible care and treatment. When you ask a healthcare provider for help, you enter into a ‘medical treatment agreement’ on your child’s behalf: you entrust us to care for your child. That may involve tests, advice and treatment. The relationship between healthcare providers and patients in the Netherlands is regulated by the Medical Treatment Agreement Act (Wet op de geneeskundige behandelingsovereenkomst, or WGBO).

The WGBO describes patients’ rights and responsibilities. Important rights include the right to information and the right to informed consent, which means that a patient (or their legal guardian) can accept or refuse a recommended treatment after being clearly informed about the pros and cons of the treatment and of any alternatives. As the parent of a child with cancer, you and/or your child will decide together with the medical team what treatments will be given. All hospitals and healthcare professionals must comply with the WGBO.


Read on for more information about your and your child’s legal rights.