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With all current and future healthcare reforms, there is one fundamental question that underlies them all: is our healthcare just a business or is it a guaranteed service to protect citizens’ lives and well-being? Which way leads to Dr. Jekyll and which one to Mr. Hide? Citizens’ right to life is one of the basic principles of the European Welfare states. Governments are protecting their citizens with armies, social services and, last… Read More

Patient engagement is said to be the prerequisite to improve the European health system. With the rapid growth of aging population and cumulative costs for hospitalization, patients are expected to take over part of the burden by actively controlling their own health. But practices in many European hospitals still contradict those brilliant intentions. As soon as you cross hospital’s threshold you are stripped not only of your personal belongings, but of your… Read More

The definition of a medical error is a subject of debates. According to Wikipedia: “a medical error occurs when a health-care provider chooses an inappropriate method of care or improperly executes an appropriate method of care”. Despite all medical, philosophic or semantic definitions, intuitively we all know: medical errors occur when health providers did not deliver help on time, did not deliver it at all or did it in a wrong way…. Read More