- by Gersi Mirashi
- February 14, 2023
Medical confidentiality in general and that after the death of the patient
By, Bardhyl ÇIPI, MD, Prof. Dr.
The preservation of secrecy occupies an important place for the respect of freedoms and human rights, which is also foreseen in the Albanian Constitution. In the Albanian Penal Code, several articles have been presented that punish the violation of the confidentiality of correspondence etc. This principle is also very important in medicine. In fact, in the last years, the risk of its violation has become greater due to the development of electronic media, computers, faxes, voice messages etc. Under these conditions, a new medical legislation has begun to be developed in many countries, for these issues. But the field of medical confidentiaity after death is not studied enough. It is important to know the different aspects of this issue in our country, because recently there have been many publications in our country, accompanied by discussions and criticisms, especially regarding the illnesses and deaths of some public figures. In this presentation, among others, some ethical, philosophical and legal data on this issue are analyzed, which are mainly related to the interests of the deceased person, the time that has passed since death, the negative impact of not saving medical data on his memory, followed by the presentation of some well-known cases etc. In conclusion, it is emphasized that medical confidentiality after death, especially that of a public person for our country, is a very delicate issue that requires great care in cases of its announcement.
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