Patient rights and responsibilities

Know your rights

From the first symptoms to the treatment journey, through the diagnosis and the definition of the best procedures for each case, cancer is a disease that can leave the patient fragile (both physically and psychologically) and impact on practical issues of his daily life.
Know your rights

From the first symptoms to the treatment journey

From the first symptoms to the treatment journey, through the diagnosis and the definition of the best procedures for each case, cancer is a disease that can leave the patient fragile (both physically and psychologically) and impact on practical issues of his life and day. the day.

It is not uncommon, for example, for a person to need to reduce the workload or even stop working to be able to handle appointments, possible adverse effects of medication and the search for emotional balance. In this way, financial security is shaken and the patient needs help to pay bills and taxes that their family and support network are not always able to offer.

Locomotion can also be temporarily impaired, either due to physical or financial incapacity (another effect of the indirect impact of the disease on the budget), and all assistance will be necessary and welcome.
Given the circumstances that are part of the reality of cancer patients, Brazilian legislation has legal regulations that help citizens to go through treatment and reintegration into their routine after medical discharge with more tranquility. They are in line with article 196 of the Federal Constitution, which states:

“Health is a right of all and a duty of the State, guaranteed through social and economic policies aimed at reducing the risk of disease and other aggravations and at universal and equal access to actions and services for their promotion, protection and recovery”.

The benefits and rights can be municipal, state or federal, and include health rights (access to treatment through SUS and health plans, right to breast reconstruction surgery and free medication and financial assistance for transportation when treatment must be carried out in another municipality), day-to-day facilities (exemption from car rotation, payment of homeownership financing, free municipal and interstate collective transport, procedural priority and access to BPC), tax benefits (exemption from income, IOF, IPTU, IPVA, IPI and ICMS) and worker’s rights (withdrawal from FGTS and PIS/Pasep, disability retirement, sick pay and protection against discriminatory dismissal).

It is important to highlight that patients with malignant neoplasms are entitled to these benefits. Medical reports are required and, in some cases, a medical examination is required to prove this condition. All people with cancer have access to documentation, which may contain medical records, reports, test results and medical reports, among others.

A tip: always leave all documents in a folder and take it to all calls related to these requests. Even if some of the documents are not necessary in either case, it is best not to risk being left with the benefit pending because of a report or exam result that was left at home.

This material belongs to the Oncoclínicas Group and is not intended to provide legal advice to any person or on any specific subject. In case of doubt, contact Grupo Oncoclínicas for clarification. It is forbidden to reproduce, use, disseminate or distribute, in whole or in part, this material without the prior consent of Grupo Oncoclínicas.

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