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Patient's Bill of Rights & Responsibilities

Patient's Bill of Rights & Responsibilities

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Patient’s Bill of Rights
 
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The patient has the right to considerate and respectful care irrespective of socio-economic status.2.
 
The patient has the right to obtain from his physician complete current informationconcerning his diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in terms the patient canreasonably be expected to understand. When it is not medically advisable to givesuch information to the patient, the information should be made available to anappropriate person in his behalf. He has the right to know by name or in person, themedical team responsible in coordinating his care.3.
 
The patient has the right to receive from his physician information necessary to giveinformed consent prior to the start of any procedure and/or treatment. Except inemergencies, such information for informed consent should include but not necessarily limited to the specific procedure and or treatment, the medicallysignificant risks involved, and the probable duration of incapacitation. Whenmedically significant alternatives for care or treatment exist, or when the patient requests information concerning medical alternatives, the patient has the right tosuch information. The patient has also the right to know the name of the personresponsible for the procedure and/or treatment.4.
 
The patient has the right to refuse treatment/life
giving measures, to the extent permitted by law, and to be informed of the medical consequences of his action.5.
 
The patient has the right to every consideration of his privacy concerning his ownmedical care program. Case discussion, consultation, examination and treatment areconfidential and should be conducted discreetly. Those not directly involved in hiscare must have the permission of the patient to be present.6.
 
The patient has the right to expect that all communications and records pertainingto his care should be treated as confidential.7.
 
The patient has the right that within its capacity, a hospital must make reasonableresponse to the request of patient for services. The hospital must provideevaluation,service and/or referral as indicated by the urgency of care. Whenmedically permissible a patient may be transferred to another facility only after hehas received complete information concerning the needs and alternatives to suchtransfer. The institution to which the patient is to be transferred must first haveaccepted the patient for transfer.8.
 
The patient has the right to obtain information as to any relationship of the hospitalto other health care and educational institutions in so far as his care is concerned.The patient has the right to obtain as to the existence of any professionalrelationship among individuals, by name who are treating him.

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