From the time you enter a health care facility you should be aware of certain rights and responsibilities you have. It doesn’t matter whether you have come to the facility as an outpatient for testing, are visiting the emergency room, or are being admitted to an inpatient stay; you should have specific expectations concerning your treatment from the physicians and other health care providers you encounter. Additionally, you should be aware of the fact that you also have responsibilities that, when fulfilled, enable health care professionals to provide you the best possible treatment.
All health care facilities, as a result of laws and as a condition of their accreditation, maintain a Patient Bill of Rights. This document, to which you are entitled to a copy, will normally be prominently posted at your point of entry into the facility, usually at the point of registration. That point might be the Admitting Office, Outpatient Registration, or Emergency Registration. This document describes the basic outline of rights you as a patient have with respect to your relationship with the organization, as well as those behaviors and information the organization expects of you. In many ways it spells out the terms of a contract between you and those who will provide your care.
Each organization’s Bill of Rights is specific to the organization, but all contain very similar terms, which include statements that describe the following rights and responsibilities:
You can read more about your rights as a patient and access a variety of resources describing your rights and federal law concerning patient rights at: