John Libbey Eurotext

Bulletin du Cancer


Cancer and law Volume 90, issue 1, Janvier 2003

Directrice du service juridique de la Générale de Santé, 96 avenue d'Iéna, 75116 Paris.

Health professionals are being impacted by a major reform in 2002. Indeed, after 4 years of dialogues the French parliament has adopted a particularly innovative law of which title "Law in relation to patients rights and to the quality of the Health System" leads us to predict the dimension of the disruptions to come affecting the relation between physicians and patients in its legislative way. This law is directly descended from the "Huriet Law" - voted on December the 20th, 1988 - outlining the every day process of clinical research. This constitutes a significant challenge to rethink the medical informations we communicate to patients. The low number of oncologists in France is more than ever affected by this law, despite the will of the health professionals. More time spent with patients could only occur should there be increased human resources.