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Patient Bill of Rights

PATIENT RIGHTS

1. A patient has the right to respectful care given by competent personnel.

2. A patient has the right, upon request, to be given the name of his attending physician, the names of all other physicians directly participating in his care, and the names and functions of other health care persons having direct contact with the patient.

3. A patient has the right to every consideration of his privacy concerning his own medical care program. Case discussion, consultation, examination, and treatment are considered confidential and shall be conducted discreetly.

4. A patient has the right to have all records pertaining to his medical care treated as confidential except as otherwise provided by law or third party contractual arrangements.

5. A patient has the right to know what facility rules and regulations apply to his conduct as a patient.

6. The patient has the right to expect emergency procedures to be implemented without unnecessary delay.

7. The patient has the right to good quality care and high professional standards that are continually maintained and reviewed.

8. The patient has the right to full information in laymen's terms, concerning his diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, including information about alternative treatments and possible complications. When it is not possible or medically advisable to give such information to the patient, the information shall be given on his behalf to the patient's designee.

9. Except for emergencies, the physician must obtain the necessary informed consent prior to the start of any procedure or treatment, or both.

 

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