Understand your rights and responsibilities as a patient in a healthcare system
The responsibility of a hospital patient/legal representative, or when appropriate, a family member, includes but is not limited to the following:
- Provide, to the best of your knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to your health.
- Report unexpected changes in your health.
- Ask questions when you don’t understand a contemplated course of action and/or what is expected of you.
- Follow the treatment plan developed with your practitioner. You should express any concerns regarding your ability to comply with a proposed course of treatment. You are responsible for understanding and accepting the consequences of noncompliance with the proposed treatment.
- Acknowledge when you do not understand the treatment course or care decision.
- Follow the practitioner’s instructions. You are responsible for the outcome if you refuse treatment or do not follow the practitioner’s instructions.
- Follow the hospital’s rules and regulations regarding care and conduct.
- Be considerate and respectful of the rights of other patients and hospital personnel.
- Assist in the control of noise and distractions.
- Be respectful of hospital property and the property of other persons.
- Treat caregivers with respect.
- Provide the facility with accurate insurance information, make arrangements for payment of charges, and meet your financial responsibilities.
- Be accountable for all valuables brought to the facility that you did not request we place in the hospital safe, as there will be no compensation for such items if lost or misplaced.