Patient Rights and Responsibilities
Notice of Patient Rights
If you are a patient of Memorial Health Care System, you have the right to:
- Know about your individual rights before you receive care and/or before discontinuing care.
- File a grievance or complaint about your care, know about the process used to review and deal with the grievance or complaint, and receive a response from us about your grievance or complaint. Learn more about filing a grievance or complaint.
- Have an active part in deciding your plan of care and how it is carried out.
- Make informed decisions about your care or name a person who will make the decisions for you. This right includes being fully aware of your medical condition, being involved in planning your care and treatment, and being able to ask for or refuse treatment. This right does not include access to treatment or medical services that are not needed or are not medically right for you.
- Have your concerns about the quality of care or an early release from the hospital reviewed in a timely manner, and request that your concerns be sent to the Utilization and Quality Control Peer Review Process or to the Center for Health Care Quality if you are a Medicare patient.
- Make Advance Directives and have facility staff and practitioners who provide care in the facility comply with these directives.
- Have a family member or person of your choice and your physician notified right away when you are admitted to the hospital.
- Have personal privacy.
- Receive care that respects your emotional, spiritual and cultural needs, and have that care delivered in a safe setting.
- Be free from all forms of abuse or harassment.
- Be assured that your medical records are kept private.
- Receive information from your medical records within a reasonable time.
- Be free from restraints and seclusion of any form that are not medically necessary. These measures may not be used for coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
- Receive a copy and/or explanation of your hospital bill, regardless of who actually pays for your hospital stay.
- Have free interpreter services and other language assistance.
- Have your pain evaluated and managed appropriately.
- Participate in (or have the person you choose participate in) the discussion of ethical issues that may arise about your care.
- Know the name, position and duties of any person caring for you and be informed about the relationships between the hospital and any person or other facility involved in your care.
- Be told about research procedures or treatment that may be considered as part of your care. You will be able to discuss this research with the physician involved in the research, and you may refuse the procedure if you wish.
- Have information on how to receive continuing care after leaving the hospital and about any medical appointments you may have.
Health care is best when patients, their families or representatives all participate in the care. By fulfilling these responsibilities, you can contribute to the effectiveness of your care. Patients are responsible to:
- Provide complete information regarding health problems that you have had and medications, vitamins and other supplements you may be taking.
- Carefully follow the directions of the health care team. Ask your nurse or caregiver any questions that you have about your care needs, safety or other concerns.
- Avoid behaviors that may be irritating or disruptive to others; abide by hospital rules and regulations.
- Provide the hospital with copies of Advance Directives if you have them and if you want them to be followed in the event of terminal illness or if you are unable to speak for yourself.
- Be prompt to pay hospital bills, to ask questions concerning the bill and to provide the information necessary for insurance processing.
(Revised January 2009)