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Patient Rights and Responsibilities


Patient Rights

The hospital and medical staff have adopted the following list of patient's rights. This list shall include but not limited to the patient's right to:

Exercise these rights without regard to sex or culture, economic, educational, or religious background or the source of patient for care.

Considerate and respectful care

Knowledge of the name of the physician who has primary responsibility for coordinating the care and the names and professional relationships of other physician and non-physicians who will see the patient.

Receive information from the physician regarding his illness, course or treatment and the prospects for recovery in terms that he can understand.

Receive as much information about any proposed treatment or procedure as he may need in order to give informed consent or to refuse this course of treatment. Except in emergencies, this information shall include a description of the procedure or treatment, the medically significant risks involved in the treatment, alternate course of treatment or non-treatment and the risks involved in each and to know the name of the person who will carry out the procedure or treatment.

Participate actively in decisions regarding his medical care. This includes the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law.

Full consideration of privacy concerning his medical care program. Case discussion, consultation, examination, and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discretely. The patient has the right to be advised as to the reason for the presence of any individual.

Confidential treatment of all communications and records pertaining to his care and his stay in the hospital. His written permission shall be obtained before his medical records can be made available to anyone not directly concerned with his care.

Reasonable responses to any reasonable requests he may make for service.

Leave the hospital even against medical advice of his physician.

Reasonable continuity of care and to know in advance the time and location of an appointment as well as the physician providing the care.

Be advised if the hospital or his personal physician proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation affecting his care or treatment. The patient has the right to refuse to participate in such research projects.

Be informed by his physician or a delegate of his physician of the continuing health care requirements following his discharge from the hospital.

Examine and receive an explanation of his bill regardless of source of payment.

Know which hospital rules and policies apply to his conduct while a patient.

Have all patients' rights apply to the person who may have legal responsibility to make decisions regarding medical care on behalf of the patient.

The right to appropriate assessment and management of his pain.

Be informed of the process for filing a grievance within the facility and to the appropriate State or Federal agencies.

Patient Responsibilities

The care a patient receives depends partially on the patient himself. Therefore, in addition to these rights, a patient has certain responsibilities as well. The patient is responsible for:

Providing accurate and complete information concerning his present complaints, past medical history, and other matters relating to his health.

Making it known that he clearly comprehends the course of his medical treatment and what is expected of him.

Following the treatment plan established by his physician, including the instructions or nurses and other health professionals as they carry out the physician's orders.

Keeping appointments and for notifying the hospital or physician when he is unable to do so.

His actions should he refuse treatment or not follow his physician's orders.

Assuring that the financial obligations of his hospital care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.

Following hospital policies and procedures.

Being considerate of the rights or other patients and hospital personnel.

Being respectful of his personal property and that of others in the hospital.

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