New York State's Patient Bill of Rights

Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:51:39 AM

You have the right to:
1. Understand and use these rights.
2. Receive treatment without discrimination.
3. Receive considerate and respectful care in a clean and safe environment free of unnecessary restraints.
4. Receive emergency care if you need it.
5. Be informed of the name and position of the doctor who will be in charge of your care in the hospital.
6. Know the names, positions and functions of any hospital staff involved in your care and refuse their treatment, examination or observation.
7. A no-smoking room.
8. Receive complete information about your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
9. Receive all the information that you need to give informed consent for any proposed procedure or treatment.
10. Receive all the information you need to give informed consent for an order not to resuscitate.
11. Refuse treatment and be told what effect this may have on your health.
12. Refuse to take part in research.
13. Privacy while in the hospital and confidentiality of all information and records regarding your care.
14. Participate in all decisions about your treatment and discharge from the hospital.
15. Review your medical record without charge. Obtain a copy of your medical record for which the hospital can charge a reasonable fee.
16. Receive an itemized bill and explanation of all charges.
17. Complain without fear of reprisals about the care and services you are receiving, and to have the hospital respond to you, and if you request, a written response. If you are not satisfied with the hospitalís response, you can complain to the NYS Health Department. The hospital must provide you with the telephone number.
18. Authorize those family members and other adults who will be given priority to visit consistent with your ability to receive visitors.
19. Make known your wishes in regard to anatomical gifts. You may document your wishes in your health care proxy or on a donor card, available from the hospital.

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