Patient Rights 1

Thursday, March 26, 2015

As a patient, you have certain rights. Some are guaranteed by federal law, such as the right to get a copy of your medical records, and the right to keep them private. Dr. Edward Hill begins a two-part look at patient rights in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

You have rights and a role regarding your treatment and care as a patient. Knowing these rights and your role can help you make better decisions about your care.

A patients rights include:

The right to be informed about the care you will receive.

The right to make decisions about your care, including refusing care.

The right to know the names of the caregivers who treat you.

The right to safe care.

The right to have your pain treated.

The right to know when something goes wrong with your care.

The right to get an up-to-date list of all of your current medicines.

The right to be listened to and to be treated with courtesy and respect.

Ask your health care provider for written information about all of your rights as a patient.

You should be active in your health care by asking questions and paying attention to the instructions given to you by your caregivers. And follow the instructions that you are given.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.