Patent Rights

The patient has the right to: Respect and proper consideration by all medical staff. Obtain complete and all-inclusive information regarding their diagnosis, condition and treatment options available through their medical provider. All known information about treatment procedures, medications, side effects and risks and benefits. Other than in an emergency situation where treatment is of a … Continue reading “Patent Rights”

The patient has the right to:

  • Respect and proper consideration by all medical staff.
  • Obtain complete and all-inclusive information regarding their diagnosis, condition and treatment options available through their medical provider.
  • All known information about treatment procedures, medications, side effects and risks and benefits.
  • Other than in an emergency situation where treatment is of a critical nature, the patient has the right to seek alternative treatment methods or to refuse suggested treatments.
  • Disclosure of the identity of every medical professional involved in their care. This includes: doctors, nurses, patient care assistants, medical students, residents and other medical staff members.
  • Know the financial obligations that may result from a selected treatment option.
  • A complete explanation of care.
  • Disclosure of all consequences that could result from a procedure, and to refuse treatment based upon those consequences. After refusal of a specific treatment, the patient is entitled to a continued quality of care even if that means moving to a different medical facility.
  • To know the policies of the medical facility where they will receive treatment, especially any policies that in any way limit patient choice.
  • Establish a living will or advanced directive (this could include health care proxy, durable power of attorney for health care purposes). The patient is entitled to appoint someone to make decisions about their treatment, should they become unable to speak on their own behalf. The medical staff is expected to follow the wishes of the patient as set forth in these documents or appointments.
  • To receive complete disclosure from the medical facility regarding patient rights and responsibilities, as provided by the law of their individual state. A signed sheet stating that the patient has been advised of all applicable policies must be included in the patient’s medical records. If a medical facility has policies allowing a medical directive to be over-ridden, the patient must be notified of that policy as well.
  • Privacy, both during and after treatment a patient’s information is to be kept confidential by all facilities and medical staff unless the patient provides written consent to release any portion of their medical history,
  • Confidentiality. While there are some instances where health care providers are permitted to release information about a patient without their consent (i.e., physical abuse or suspected public health issues) in the majority of cases a hospital is expected to maintain complete confidentiality of all doctor-patient interactions and discussions. It is expected that should any portion of the patient’s record be released for the reasons above, that an emphasis will be made to the receiving organization or individual about the importance of patient confidentiality.
  • Complete analysis and review of their own medical records, except where laws are contrary to the release of this information to the patient. The patient is also entitled to a complete explanation of any item appearing within their medical records.
  • Provision of services by medical staff, where feasible, in order to meet patient or designate requests. This applies so long as the requested treatment is medically indicated for the well-being of the patient. Treatment must be provided based upon assessment of the urgency of the request. This applies to medical treatment as well as transfer to another facility. It is necessary that before a patient is transferred the receiving facility provide authorization and approval of the patient transfer. Should the medical staff see a reason for refusing the transfer, they are required to provide a complete and total detailed explanation of the associated risks of the patient transfer.
  • To a complete disclosure of any political, religious or business relationships of the medical staff or facility that could in some way influence patient care and specific treatment procedures.
  • To consent or refuse participation in any available medical studies or experimental treatments based upon a complete explanation of the treatment plan provided through such research. A patient who does not want to participate in a research program is still entitled to complete and quality medical treatment.
  • Continuity of care and treatment – and should it be determined that treatment is no longer warranted the patient must be given complete information on possible care alternatives.
  • Be informed of all grievance and conflict resolution policies and procedures for a specific medical facility or staff member. If a patient representative is available, their information should be presented in writing to the patient. The patient must also be made aware of all financial implications of their treatment and any payment alternatives that might fit their particular situation or condition.