De voorgestelde maatregelen van de Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg naar aanleiding van de dood van Sylvia Millecam en haar behandeling door alternatieve genezers
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Humaniora
31-03-2004
F.S.A.M. van Dam

The measures proposed by the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate after the death of Sylvia Millecam and her treatment by practitioners of alternative medicine.

- As a result of the illness and treatment of the Dutch comedian Sylvia Millecam, who died of the consequences of an untreated mammary carcinoma following a quest for help from a series of practitioners of alternative medicine, the Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate has proposed measures designed to prevent a repetition of such a shortcoming in the delivered care. The measures include the compulsory registration of practitioners of alternative medicine, the restriction of diagnostic procedures to regular physicians, the obligation to co-operate with the best possible treatment for the patient in question, mutual exchange of information between practitioners of regular and alternative medicine, and a compulsory protocol regarding the therapeutic agreement with the patient if the regular route is not followed. How feasible these measures are remains a question. A positive aspect of the report is the attention given to the shortcomings in the care provided by the alternative circuit and the deterrent effect of the present case.