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My 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 a manner 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 the plan of your 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 health care decisions on your behalf to
  • the extent permitted by law.
  • Be informed of your visitation rights, including any clinical restriction or limitation on such rights.
  • You have the right to receive the visitors whom you (or your designated support person, if appropriate)
  • designate. This includes but is not limited to a spouse, domestic partner (including a same sex domestic
  • partner), another family member, or a friend. You may also withdraw or deny such consent at any time.

You are Responsible for:

  • Providing accurate and complete information to your health care providers about your present and past
  • medical conditions and all other matters pertaining to your health.
  • Reporting unexpected changes in your condition to your health care providers.
  • Informing your health care providers whether or not you understand the plan of care and what is
  • expected of you.
  • Following the treatment plan recommended by your health care 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 to follow hospital policy
  • and regulations regarding care and conduct.
  • Fulfilling your financial obligations to the hospital as promptly as possible.