have the right to considerate and respectful care.
have the right to obtain from your physician complete current
information concerning your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in
terms you can be reasonably expected to understand. When it is not
medically advisable to give such information to you, the information
should be made available to an appropriate person in your behalf.
You have the right to know, by name, the physician responsible for
have the right to receive from your physician information
necessary to give informed consent prior to the start of any
procedure and/or treatment. Except in emergencies, such information
for informed consent should include but not necessarily be limited
to the specific procedure and/or treatment, the medically
significant risks involved, and the probable duration of
incapacitation. Where medically significant alternatives for care or
treatment exist, or when you request information concerning medical
alternatives, you have the right to know the name of the person
responsible for the procedures and/or treatment.
have the right to refuse treatment and/or to change physicians
and to be informed of the medical consequences of this action.
have the right to every consideration of your privacy concerning
your own medical care program. Case discussion, consultation,
examination and treatment are confidential and should be conducted
discreetly. Those not directly involved in your care must have the
permission of the patient to be present.
have the right to expect that all communications and records
pertaining to your care should be treated as confidential.
have the right to expect that within its capacity, the Center
will provide evaluation, service and/or referral as indicated by the
urgency of the case. When medically permissible, a patient may be
transferred to another facility only after that patient has
received complete information and explanation concerning the needs
for and alternatives to such a transfer. The institution to which
the patient is to be transferred must first have accepted the
patient for transfer.
have the right to obtain information as to any relationship of
this facility to other health care and educational institutions
insofar as your care is concerned. You have the right to obtain
information as to the existence of any professional relationships
among individuals, by name, who are treating you.
have the right to be advised if the Center proposes to engage in
or perform human experimentation affecting your care or treatment.
You have the right to refuse to participate in such research
have the right to expect reasonable continuity of care. You have
the right to know in advance what appointment times and physicians
are available and where. You have the right to expect that this
facility will provide a mechanism whereby you are informed by your
physician or a delegate of the physician of your continuing health
care requirements following discharge.
have the right to examine and receive an explanation of your
bill regardless of source of payment.
have the right to know our facility rules and regulations and
how they apply to your conduct as a patient.
catalog of rights can guarantee you the kind of treatment you have a
right to expect. This facility has many functions to perform,
including the prevention and treatment of disease, the education of both
health professionals and patients, and the conduct of clinical research.
All these activities must be conducted with an overriding concern for
the patient, and above all, the recognition of your dignity as a human
being. Success in achieving this recognition assures success in the
defense of the rights of the patient.
is your responsibility to fully participate in decisions involving your
own health care and to accept the consequences of these decisions if
are expected to follow up on your doctor's instructions, take
medications when prescribed, and ask questions concerning your own
health care that you feel is necessary.