Exercise these rights for care without regard to sex, economic status, educational background, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation or marital status, or the source of payment. You have the right to:
* Expect considerate and respectful care and to be made comfortable.
* Respect your personal values and beliefs.
* Have a family member (or other representative of your choosing) and your own physician notified promptly of your admission to the hospital.
* Know the name of the physician, who has primary responsibility for coordinating your care and the names and professional relationships of other physicians and non-physicians who will see you.
* Formulate advance directives. This includes designating a decision-maker if you become incapable of understanding a proposed treatment or become unable to communicate your wishes regarding care. Hospital staff and practitioners who provide care in the hospital shall comply with these directives.
* Receive information about your health status, the course of treatment and prospects for recovery in terms that you can understand.
Make decisions regarding medical care and receive as much information about any proposed treatment or procedure as you may need, in order to give informed consent or to refuse a course of treatment. Except in emergencies, this information shall include a description of the procedure or treatment, the medically significant risks involved, alternate courses of treatment or nontreatment and the risks involved in each, and the name of the person who will carry out the procedure or treatment.
* Participate actively in decisions regarding medical care. To the extent permitted by law, this includes the right to refuse treatment.
* Expect full consideration of privacy concerning the medical care program. Case discussions, consultations, examinations and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discreetly. You have the right to be advised as to the reason for the presence of any individual.
* Access information contained in your records within a reasonable time frame, except in certain circumstances specified by law.
* Expect confidentiality in treatment of all communications and records pertaining to your care and stay in the hospital. Written permission shall be obtained before the medical records can be made available to anyone not directly concerned with the care.
* Expect reasonable responses for any reasonable requests made for service.
* Receive care in a safe setting, free from verbal, physical or mental abuse or harassment and free from corporal punishment. You have the right to access protective services including notifying government agencies of neglect or abuse.
* Be informed of continuing health care requirements following discharge from the hospital.
* Examine and receive an explanation of the bill regardless of the source of payment.
* Know which hospital rules and policies apply to your conduct while you are a patient.
* Have all patients’ rights apply to the person who may have legal responsibility to make decisions regarding medical care on your behalf.