Patient Rights and Responsibilities
As a patient, you have the right to respectful and considerate care. In addition, there are specific rights and responsibilities you have during your hospital stay.
You have the right to:
- Be informed of the hospital’s rules and regulations as they apply to your conduct.
- Expect privacy and dignity in treatment consistent with providing you with good medical and psychiatric care.
- Receive considerate, respectful care at all times and under all circumstances.
- Expect prompt and reasonable responses to your questions.
- Know who is responsible for authorizing and performing your procedures or treatments. Know the identity and professional status of your caregivers.
- Know what patient support services are available, including access to an interpreter if language is a problem.
- Have access to your medical records according to hospital policy.
- Be informed of the nature of your condition, proposed treatment or procedure, risks, benefits and prognosis, and any continuing health care requirements after your discharge in terms you can understand.
- Be informed of medical alternatives for care or treatment.
- Refuse treatment, except as otherwise provided by law, and to be informed of the consequences of your refusal.
- Receive access to medical treatment or accommodations regardless of race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, physical handicap, or sources of payment.
- Know if the medical treatment prescribed for you is for experimental purposes and to give your written consent to participate if you choose.
- Participate in the decision-making process related to your plan of care.
- Have access to professionals to assist you with emotional and/or spiritual care.
- Exercise your cultural values and spiritual beliefs as long as they do not interfere with the well-being of others, or the planned course of any medical care.
- Participate in the discussion of ethical issues that may arise.
- Express concerns regarding any of these rights in accordance with the grievance process.
- Formulate Advance Directives and appoint a surrogate to make healthcare decisions on your behalf to the extent permitted by law.
You are responsible for:
- Providing accurate and complete information to your healthcare providers about your present and past medical conditions and all other matters pertaining to your health.
- Reporting unexpected changes in your condition to your healthcare providers.
- Informing your healthcare providers whether or not you understand the plan of care and what is expected of you.
- Following the treatment plan recommended by your healthcare providers.
- Keeping appointments and, if you cannot, notifying the proper person.
- Knowing the consequences of your own actions if you refuse treatment or do not follow the health care providers’ instructions.
- Being considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel and following hospital policy and regulations regarding care and conduct.
- Fulfilling your financial obligations to the hospital as promptly as possible.