Death Certificates in Germany, England, The Netherlands, Belgium and the USA

in European Journal of Health Law
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Abstract

Every country has its own legal system regarding post mortem examinations and death certificates. The authorities want to know the cause and the manner of death of their citizens and especially whether someone is responsible for the death of someone else.In this article a comparison is made between the legal regulations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England and the USA. Specific attention is given to the following aspects: which official performs the post mortem exam, what is the role of the attending physician by issuing the death certificate and how is the privacy of the deceased protected.

Death Certificates in Germany, England, The Netherlands, Belgium and the USA

in European Journal of Health Law

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