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Provision of Information

A patient has the responsibility to provide accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to his/her health. He/she has the responsibility to report unexpected changes in his/her condition to the responsible practitioner. A patient is responsible for reporting whether he/she clearly comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him/her.

Compliance Instructions

A patient is responsible for following the treatment plan recommended by the practitioner primarily responsible for his/her care. This may include following the instructions of nurses and allied health personnel as they carry out the coordination of the plan of care, implementing the responsible practitioner’s orders and enforcing the applicable hospital rules and regulations. The patient is responsible for keeping appointments and when he/she is unable to do so for any reason, notifying the responsible practitioner or the hospital.


The patient has the right to reasonable informed participation in decisions involving his/her health care. T o the degree possible, this should be based on a clear concise explanation of his/her condition and all proposed technical procedures, including the possibilities of any risk of mortality or serious side effects, problems related to recuperation and the probability of success. The patient should not be subjected to any procedure without his/her voluntary, competent and understanding consent or that of his/her legally authorized representative. When medically significant alternatives for care or treatment exist, the patient shall be so informed. The patient has the right to know who is responsible for authorizing and performing the procedures or treatment. The patient shall be informed if the hospital proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation or other research educational projects affecting his/her care or treatment. The patient has the right to refuse to participate in any such activity.


The patient at his/her own request and expense has the right to consult with a specialist.

Refusal of Treatment

The patient may refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law. When refusal of treatment by the patient or his/her legally authorized representative prevents the provision of appropriate care in accordance with professional standards, the relationship with the patient may be terminated upon reasonable notice.

Hospital Charges

Regardless of the source of payment for his/her care, the patient has the right to request and receive an itemized and detailed explanation of the total bill for services rendered in the hospital. The patient has the right to timely notice prior to termination of his/her eligibility for reimbursement by any third party payor for the cost of his/her care.

Transfer and Continuity of Care

A patient may not be transferred to another facility or organization unless he/she has received a complete explanation of the need for the transfer and unless the transfer is acceptable to the other facility or organization. The patient has the right to be informed by the practitioner responsible for their care, their delegate, of any continuing health care requirements following discharge from the hospital.

Hospital Rules and Regulations

The patient should be informed of the hospital rules and regulations applicable to his/her conduct as a patient. Patients are entitled to information, review, and resolution of patient complaints.