The interests of physicians and patients are identical in many fields: both groups find it important that patients should receive as modern a treatment as possible, that doctors and nurses should work under the most optimal conditions at hospital and clinic departments, for this is the key for patients to get the best treatment possible [&hellip
The interests of physicians and patients are identical in many fields: both groups find it important that patients should receive as modern a treatment as possible, that doctors and nurses should work under the most optimal conditions at hospital and clinic departments, for this is the key for patients to get the best treatment possible – within the limits of the supply system. The national foundation as well as the local associations found great partners in the department head physicians and institute leaders, who often dedicated their own free time to participating in various programs of the MS organizations, and to being available for the patients at such events.
The physicians give lectures, and provide first-hand updates to the patients about the latest therapeutic methods and available medical services. Accordingly, a dialogue has been formed between specialists and patients that would just not be possible within the framework of everyday outpatient or hospital routines.
In addition to the events organized, the Foundation has been supporting the Medical Advisory Board ever since its establishment, which was brought into being in line with the national association. To the professional organization established in 2002, each member organization may delegate 2 neurologists. The first chairmanship of the Committee was undertaken by prof. dr. Sámuel Komoly, Director of the Pécs Clinic of Neurology, who was succeeded by dr. Krisztina Bencsik, Assistant Professor of the Szeged Clinic of Neurology; the next person to take the position was dr. Tünde Csépány, Associate Professor of the Debrecen Clinic of Neurology.
The delegates of the Medical Board are not only invited to the general assembly meetings, but they also provide informative lectures to help the patients to be well informed. They provide opining on the professional program proposals and support requests and they elaborate recommendations. Through their medical-professional advice and their positions, they contribute to the associations and the national Foundation to represent a professionally supported standpoint before the patients and the public, as well as during the negotiations conducted with political and financing decision-makers. The members of the Medical Advisory Board are also representatives of other neurological professional organizations, therefore they can have a first-hand experience on the problems of MS patients, thus properly representing them during consultations and in the course of decision-making processes.