A Patient's Bill of Rights

The patient has the right to considerate and respectful care.

The patient has the right to and is encouraged to obtain from physicians and other direct caregivers relevant, current, and understandable information concerning diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Patients have the right to know the identity of physicians, nurses, and others involved in their care as well as when those involved are students, house staffs, or other trainees. The patient also has the right to know the immediate and long-term financial implications of treatment choices insofar as they are known.

The patient has the right to make decisions about the plan of care prior to and during the course of treatment and to refuse a recommended treatment or plan of care to the extent permitted by law and hospital policy and to be informed of the medical consequences of this action.

The patient has the right to every consideration of privacy Case discussion, consultation examination and treatment should be conducted so as to protect each patient's privacy.

The patient has the right to expect that all communications and records pertaining to his/her case will be treated as confidential by the hospital, except in cases such as suspected abuse and public health hazards when reporting as permitted or required by law.

The patient has the right to review the records pertaining to his/her medical care and to have the information explained or interpreted as necessary except when restricted by law.

The patient has the right to expect that within its capacity and policies a hospital will make reasonable response to the request of a patient for appropriate and medically indicated care services. The patient has the right to consent to or decline to participate in proposed research studies or human experimentation affecting care and treatmenr.