Patient Bill of Rights
As a Patient, I have the RIGHT to:
- Full information about my rights and responsibilities as a patient in an Ambulatory Center;
- Receive an explanation of my diagnosis, benefits of treatment, alternatives, recuperation, risks and an explanation of consequences if treatment is not pursued;
- An explanation of all rules, regulations and services provided by the Center, the days and hours of service and provisions for possible emergency care, including telephone numbers;
- Choose the type of Medical Plan which is best suited to my particular situation and work with the physician members within my healthcare plan;
- Participate in development of a plan of care including Advance Directives and have my own copies;
- Refuse participation in any protocol or aspect of care including investigational studies, and freely withdraw my previously given consent for further treatment;
- Disclosure of any teaching programs, research or experimental programs in which the facility is participating;
- Full financial explanation and payment schedules prior to beginning treatment;
- Receive professional care without discrimination, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual preference, handicap, sex or age;
- Be treated with courtesy, dignity and respect of my personal privacy by all employees of the Center;
- Be free of physical/mental abuse and/or neglect by all employees of the Ambulatory Center;
- Complain or file grievance with the Center Patient Representative without fear of retaliation or discrimination;
- Confidential treatment of my condition, medical record and financial information;
- Access to my personal records and obtain copies upon written request; and,
- Assistance and consideration in the management of pain.
As a Patient, I have the RESPONSIBILITY to:
- Disclose accurate and complete information related to physical condition, hospitalizations, medications, allergies, medical history and related items;
- Participate in developing a Plan of Care, Advance Directives and Living Will;
- Assist in maintaining a safe, peaceful and efficient ambulatory environment;
- Provide new/changed information related to my health insurance to the business office and be prepared to meet my agreed co-pay during my office visit.
- Contact the Center when unable to keep a scheduled appointment;
- Cooperate in the planned care and treatment developed for me;
- Request more detailed explanations for any aspect of service I don’t understand;
- Inform my physicians and nurses of any changes in my condition or any new problems or concerns;
- Communicate any temporary or permanent change in my address or telephone number which might hinder contact by the Ambulatory Center staff;
- Relate my levels of discomfort and/or pain and perceived changes in my pain management to my physician.
- Inform my physician or nurse when I am going to need a prescription refill before my supply is gone.