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Ethical Aspects of the Conscience Clause in Polish Medical Law

Author: Justyna Czekajewska
Institution: Poznań University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland
Year of publication: 2018
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Pages: 206-220
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PDF: kie/122/kie12213.pdf

In Polish medical law, the conscience clause is understood as both a moral and legal norm which gives consent to selected medical professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, and laboratory technicians) to withdraw certain activities due to ethical objections.
The explanation given for the conscience clause is not sufficient. There is no detailed information on the difference between compulsory and authorized benefits and the conditions for resignation from medical treatment. These problems not only lead to interpretational errors, but also to the abuse of law. Medical attorneys, among others, Andrzej Zoll, Mirosław Nesterowicz, Leszek Bosek and Eleonora Zielińska, present different opinions on the understanding of refusal to perform health care services by health care workers, and the lack of agreement leads to conflicts.
In this article, I compare the views of ethicists and lawyers on the conscience clause. I present differences in the interpretation of medical law, and to all considerations I add my own opinion.

Ustrojowa ochrona praw do świadczeń zdrowotnych osób dorosłych i starszych w terminalnych stanach choroby

Author: Anna Szafranek
Institution: Wyższa Szkoła Informatyki i Przedsiębiorczości w Łomży
Author: Rafał Iwański
Institution: Uniwersytet Szczeciński
Year of publication: 2021
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Pages: 341-356
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PDF: ppk/60/ppk6021.pdf

Institutional protection of rights to health benefits for adult and elderly people in terminal states of illnesses

Ageing of the Polish society entails the importance of securing caring and medicinal services of the growing population of seniors and people in terminal states of illnesses. The aim of this article is to assess legal framework concerning institutional protection of rights of people in terminal states of illnesses, in the context of the scale of terminal states of illnesses and the need for services aimed at terminally ill and their families.

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