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For Patients:  Your Rights as a Patient 
The following list of patient rights is not intended to be all inclusive. Patients receiving care at our center have a right to:
  • Be treated with respect, consideration and dignity.
  • Exercise these rights and treated without regard to gender, race, cultural, economic, educational or religious background and without fear of discrimination or reprisal.
  • Be treated in a safe environment that is free of physical or psychological threats.
  • Expect that any architectural barriers identified will be addresses, and, whenever feasible, such barriers will be modified or corrected.
  • Access communication aids (i.e., interpreters, sign language, etc.).
  • Be provided appropriate privacy and confidentiality concerning their medical care - the patient has the right to be advised as to the reason for the presence of any individual directly involved or observing their care
  • Be free of restraint except when indicated to protect the patient or others from injury.
  • Have their questions, concerns or complaints addressed in good faith.
  • Expect continuity of care. The patient will not be discharged or transferred to another facility without prior notice, except in the case of a medical emergency and within the limits of legal regulations.
  • Provisions for after-hour and emergency care.
  • Access necessary surgical and/or procedural interventions that are medically indicated.
  • Obtain any information they need to give informed consent before any treatment or procedure.
  • Be provided, to the degree known, complete and timely information concerning their diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and prognosis. When it is medically inadvisable to give such information to a patient, the information is provided to a person designated by the patient or to a legally authorized person.
  • Make choices and decisions regarding their medical care to the extent permitted by law - this includes the right to refuse treatment.
  • Formulate advance directives and appoint a surrogate to make health care decisions on their behalf to the extent permitted by law. The provision of the patient?s care shall not be conditioned on the existence of an advance directive. (please see the center's policy on advanced directives below).
  • Have their disclosures and records treated confidentially, and given the opportunity to approve or refuse their release, except when release is required by law.
  • Receive, on request, and at a reasonable fee established by the Health Information Management Department, a copy of their medical record.
  • Know the services available at the organization.
  • Know the facility fees for services.
  • Request an itemized statement of all services provided to them through the facility, along with the right to be informed of the payment methodology utilized.
  • At their own expense, to consult with another physician or specialist if other qualified physicians or dentists are requested and available.
  • Be informed of patient conduct and responsibilities rules.
  • Refuse to participate in experimental research.
  • Know the identity, professional status, institutional affiliation and credentials of health care professionals providing their care, and be assured these individuals have been appropriately credentialed according to the policies of the center.
  • Be informed of their right to change their provider if other qualified providers are available.
  • Be provided with appropriate information regarding the absence of malpractice insurance coverage.
  • Be informed about procedures for expressing suggestions, complaints and grievances, including those required by state and federal regulations.
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