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Access to Care

Individuals shall be accorded impartial access to treatment or accommodations that are available or medically indicated, regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin, disability and/or sources of payment for care.

Respect and Dignity

The patient has the right to considerate, respectful care at all times and under all circumstances,
with recognition of his/her personal dignity.

Privacy and Confidentiality

The patient has the right, within the law, to personal and informational privacy as manifested by the following rights.
  •   To refuse to talk with or see anyone not officially connected with the hospital, including visitors, or persons officially connected with the hospital but not directly involved in his care.
  •   To wear appropriate personal clothing and religious or other symbolic items, as long as they do not interfere with diagnostic procedures or treatment.
  •   To be interviewed and examined in surroundings designed to assure reasonable visual and auditory privacy. This includes the right to have a person of one’s own present during certain parts of physical examination, treatment, or procedures performed by a health professional of the opposite sex. To not be disrobed any longer than is required.
  •   To expect that any discussion or consultation involving his/her case will be conducted discreetly and that individuals not directly involved in his/her care will not be present without his/her permission.
  •   To have medical records read only by individuals directly involved in this treatment or in the monitoring of its quality. Other individuals can only read his/her medical record on his written authorization or that of his legally authorized representative.
  •   To expect all communication and other records pertaining to his/her care, including the source of payment, to be treated as confidential.
  •   To request a transfer to another room if another patient or visitor in the room is unreasonably disturbing him.
  •   To be placed in protective privacy when considered necessary for personal safety.

Personal Safety

The patient has the right to expect reasonable safety insofar as the hospital practices and environment are concerned.


The patient has the right to know the identity and professional status of individuals providing service to him/her and to know which physician or other practitioner is primarily responsible for his/her care.

This includes the patient’s right to know of the existence of any professional relationship among individuals who are treating him/her, as well as the relationship to any other health care or educational institutions involved in his/her care. Participation by patients in clinical training programs or in the gathering of data for research purposes should be voluntary.


The patient has the right to obtain from the practitioner responsible for coordination his/her care complete and current information concerning his/her diagnosis, treatment, and any known prognosis. This information should be communicated in terms the patient can reasonably understand. When it is not medically advisable to give such information to the patient, the information should be made available to a legally authorized individual.