Privacy (confidentiality) means that you have the right to talk to a person or persons without them passing on your personal information to someone else, unless you agree.
Privacy is guaranteed by law in the following situations:
- Doctors and medical institutions are bound by professional confidentiality. They are not allowed to share any information about their patients. There are some exceptions described in the law. For example: to protect a patient who is a victim of sexually abusive behaviour.
- Social organisations such as the job centre (UWV) and organisations for social work are also bound by professional confidentiality.
For organisations in the fields of (mental) healthcare, education, child care, social work, child and adolescent welfare, and the law, there is a protocol for reporting signs of domestic violence and child abuse. This means professionals are obliged to report such signs.
Privacy of adolescents
Children up to the age of 18 are insured for free on the health insurance of their parents, both for the standard package (basispakket) and additional health insurance. This is laid down by law. Children do not need to take out separate health insurance.
To keep a visit to their general practitioner secret, children can ask the general practitioner to make an invoice that mentions a different problem.
This is also possible in the case of an abortion.