Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Your Rights

  • Receive appropriate care, treatment and consideration
  • Be treated with dignity and respect
  • Participate actively in decisions regarding health care
  • Receive full consideration of privacy during health care and treatment. Have confidential handling of all communications and records. Receive a reasonable response to any reasonable request
  • Receive complete information about health condition, proposed treatment, and alternatives, including nontreatment or second opinion, in order to give “informed consent” or to refuse treatment
  • Leave the hospital at any time, even against medical advice, unless you have a contagious disease
  • Be informed about continuing health care requirements

Your Responsibilities

  • Know and utilize basic first aid skills. Seek professional care when appropriate
  • Cooperate with health care provider
  • Make preferences known clearly. Keep personal and family records and share them with health care provider.
  • Question the reason for the presence of anyone not directly involved in care
  • Ask what information is public record and can be released without written permission
  • Seek additional information if request not honored
  • Refuse service from unidentified personnel
  • Ask for clarification of anything not understood. Understand risks of treatment and nontreatment. Understand the intended effects of a prescribed drug, in addition to known side effects
  • Sign “Leave the Hospital Against Medical Advice” form, if that is your decision
  • Examine your bill. Ask for an explanation of care and treatment costs
  • Accept responsibility for health care and recovery. Utilize community resources as needed
  • Know your insurance plan and its coverage
  • Tell your physician’s office staff if you have a change of address or insurance coverage