The Expert Panel scheme is relevant in situations where:
- The person has a critical life-shortening illness.
- All established treatment has been initiated or evaluated.
You can get advice on treatment options and whether it may be appropriate to try new treatment. The Expert Panel consults with the doctor who is responsible for your treatment in the hospital.
All established treatment shall usually be initiated or evaluated before a case is submitted to the Expert Panel. Established treatment is defined as treatment methods that are well documented, originate from national or international guidelines and represent current practice. In certain situations, a specific treatment for a critical life-shortening illness may be considered before any current established treatment is administered.
Experience from similar schemes in Denmark shows that the vast majority of patients covered by the scheme have advanced, incurable cancer. The Expert Panel will also be able to assess patients who suffer from other critical life-shortening illnesses than cancer.
Patients with a chronic illness will, as a general rule, not be covered by the scheme.