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Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights

Legislation of Palliative Care in Mexico

On September 17th, 2009 the Law on Health in Mexico City included the right to receive palliative care.

On January 5th, 2009, the article 184 of the General Law on Health was reformed, including an Applicable Law to Palliative Care.

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On 2010 a “Quick Reference Guide for Palliative Care” was published.

On November 2013, a legislative decree was published, reforming and adding some regulations to the General Law on Health Applicable to Provision of Medical Attention Services, published in Diario Oficial de la Federal – Federal Official Newspaper - DOF.

On December 9, 2014, the DOF published the Official Mexican Regulation -011 SSA3-2014. Criteria for the treatment of terminally ill patients through palliative care.

On December 26, 2014 the DOF published an agreement in which the General Public Health Council declares the obligatory nature of comprehensive management of palliative care.

Rights of a Terminally-ill Patient

In 1990, the rights of terminally ill patients were published in Geneve, and where then recognized by the World Health Organization.

Law of Advance Directives

On January 7th, 2008, the Law of Advance Directives was published in the Distrito Federal.

"Letter of the Rights and Duties o a Patient"

The rights of the patient have the purpose of making explicit the basic principles over which the medical practice is based on, in a certain way a response of the unconditional exercise of the professional freedom of those rendering medical attention services, that constitute privileges considered in legal bylaw of its general application.

Therefore, these rights are not meant to be confronted with patients, because both of them bind together with a group of proper universal values of a professional actitivity that is profoundly humanistic, as it is the medicine. This collective effort, for the integration of the Letter regarding the rights of the patients, as well as for that, which now makes explicit, those regarding the physician in the exercise of his professional activity, are inscribed in the frame of the assumed commitments during the National Crusade for the Quality of Health Services, which, with certainty, will result in a better relation between a doctor and his patients.

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