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Patient’s obligation to cooperate

If a special relationship of trust between the entitled and the obligated party is required for the fulfilment of the contract, services of a higher type are present, as in the case of the treatment contract.

The patient can terminate the treatment contract at any time. A reason for termination or a period of notice is not required. The doctor can also terminate the contract at any time without notice – provided, however, that he does not put the patient in a predicament, i.e. does not terminate the contract at an inopportune moment. The patient or the health insurance company are obliged to pay the doctor or the person treating the patient for the services they have provided up to that point.

Beneficiaries of social benefits such as basic income support or unemployment benefit may require recipients to undergo certain medical and psychological examinations and therapies.

Surgeries that give appointments to their patients at certain times may be paid if a patient does not come at the agreed time. If the doctor loses time due to the unpunctuality or absence of the patient, he can still demand the fee for the service. The doctor has to prove that he is in “default of acceptance” because the patient does not appear at the appointment. He is not obliged to provide a free subsequent service.

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