Our values

*Professional ethics* A long-lasting working relationship between people is based on common ethics. The same applies to the relationship between doctor and patient which serves the purpose of healing disturbance in the equilibrium in the three point relationship: body, mind and environment. A doctor-patient relationship should be based on mutual trust and requires acceptance of the aspects mentioned below. This text should not be considered legally binding. *The doctor* bears the responsibility to maintain his own personal equilibrium and values as well as his/her professional qualifications which in turn form the basis for a solid doctor-patient relationship. *General Practitioners* see their role in the medical profession as promoting health and avoiding illness or healing, treating or minimizing it. As opposed to a specialist who treats illness in a specific organ, the general practitioner sees the patient as a family member and a member of society. He is seen in the light of his culture and religious background and he is treated as impartially as possible, irrespective of his age, gender or the nature of his/her illness. Based on the medical needs of the patient and the resources available, the general practitioner will either carry out the treatment himself or refer the patient to another doctor, in which case he can be helpful to the patient in the choice of a specialist and the formalities of insurance coverage. Medical care means preventing all patient sickness, be it physical or mental. Surgical interventions must be in the interest of the patient and carried out to the correct extent, effectively and, as much as possible, based on medical tests and measurements. Unnecessary interventions should be avoided not only for medical reasons but because they always represent an interruption between the patient and his surroundings. The individuality of the patient should be respected to such an extent that the doctor’s opinion is considered above the patient’s only when the patient has made his choice involuntarily or has not fully understood the case. Informing the patient is therefore top priority in therapeutic treatment. The patient’s ability to make a decision on the treatment is not influenced by financial advantage or the mental and social situation of the patient. This allows him to fully understand the nature, extent and lasting effects of his decision. The patient’s wishes, goals and plans must be respected at all times, especially when treating children. The child’s relationship to the person who decides on the treatment must be carefully considered. Children also have the personal right to decide what happens to them, a right that cannot be transferred to another person. Understanding the full significance of explaining all the ramifications to the patient, disregarding possible advantage or disadvantage to the doctor, together with the oath of silence, lead to a fruitful doctor-patient relationship and at the same time limit the doctor to the creative and procedural framework described above.