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Hospital Admissions (cont.)

Patient Rights

Your rights as a patron of a hospital include:

  • Your rights are listed in the hospital's Patient's Bill of Rights.
  • If these rights are not given to you or posted, ask for them.
  • You must be given a medical screening exam and be evaluated for care whenever you to to a hospital. The severity of your problem will determine your level of treatment after this exam.
  • You have the right to considerate and respectful care.
  • You have the right to complete information regarding your diagnosis, treatment, and expected recovery in terms that you can understand.
  • You have a right to know the name of the doctors and all health care personnel who provide care for you.
  • You should be provided with sufficient information about the benefits, risks, and other alternative treatments or procedures to be able to give informed consent for any procedure performed on you.
  • You have the right to refuse treatment and to be informed of the possible medical consequences of doing so.
  • You have the right to privacy - your doctors or health care providers cannot talk to anyone about your medical care without your permission.
  • If you need to be transferred to another facility, the information on why you require transfer must be given to you.
  • The hospital you are being transferred to must have accepted you prior to transfer.
  • You have a right to know if the hospital has any relationship to other health care or educational institutions and if this relationship affects your care.
  • You have the right to know if any experimentation will be performed on you, if it will affect your care, and that you have the right to refuse participation, at any time, for any reason.
  • You have the right to reasonable continuing care once discharged.
  • You should be informed of appointment times, the location for follow-up, and who will provide follow-up care.
  • You have the right to be informed about your continuing health care requirements after you are discharged.
  • You have the right to examine and receive an explanation of your bill.
  • You have a right to know what hospital rules and regulations apply to your conduct.
  • Go to the following section for more on patient's rights and responsibilities for additional general information.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015

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