Patient's Bill of Rights
The patient has the right to :
Treatment without regard to: race; creed; color; ethnic origin;
nationality; sex or sexual orientation; handicap, disability or
infection; age; affiliation with political,fraternal or
religious organizations; or military, cultural, economic or
educational back ground; or the source of payment for care.
Be treated with consideration, respect and full recognition of
dignity and individuality, including privacy in treatment and
personal care needs given by competent personnel.
The knowledge of the name of the surgeon who has primary
responsibility for coordinating his/her care and the names and
professional relationships of other practitioners who will
participate in his/her care. The patient has the right to be
advised as to the reason for the presence of any individual.
Receive full information from his healthcare provider about
his/her illness, his/her course of treatment, and his/her
prospects for recovery in terms he/she can understand. When it
is medically inadvisable to give such information to a patient,
the information is provided to a person designated by the
patient or to a legally authorized person.
Receive the necessary information about any proposed treatment
or procedure in order to give informed consent or to refuse this
course of treatment. Except in emergencies, this information
shall include a description of all the procedure(s) or
treatment(s), the medically significant risk(s) involved in this
treatment, an alternate course of treatment or non-treatment,
and the risk(s) involved in each, and the name of the person who
would carry out the treatment(s) or procedure(s)
Participate actively in decision(s) regarding his/her
medical/surgical care. To the extent it is permitted by law,
this includes the right to refuse or withdraw consent for
Full consideration of privacy concerning his/her
medical/surgical care program. Case discussion, consultation,
examination and treatment are confidential and shall be
Confidential treatment of all communications and records
pertaining to his/her care. His/her written permission shall be
obtained before his/her medical records are made available to
anyone not concerned with his/her care.
Reasonable responses to any reasonable request he/she makes for
Be informed by his/her healthcare provider, or designee, of
his/her continuing health care requirements for reasonable
continuity of care and to know in advance the time and location
of appointment(s), as well as the practitioner providing the
Be advised if the healthcare provider 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.
Receive, if requested, a detailed explanation of his/her
itemized bill for services, regardless of the source of payment.
Have all patients' rights explained to them or to the
person who has legal responsibility to make decisions regarding
medical care on their behalf.
Express any grievances or suggestions, verbally or in writing.
Have in effect advanced medical directives concerning such
issues as living wills and durable powers of attorney that will
be identified to the organization and followed as appropriate
under State and Federal regulations.
Know what organizational rules and regulations apply to his/her
conduct as a patient.
Expect emergency procedures to be implemented without
The organization will provide the patient, or their designee,
upon appropriate request, access to information contained in
their Medical Record, unless access is specifically restricted
by their physician for medical reasons.