Patient Rights 2

Friday, March 27, 2015

As a patient, you should expect to maintain certain rights regarding your health information and care. Dr. Edward Hill concludes his look at patient rights in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Patient rights are the basic rules of conduct between patients and medical caregivers. All patients should expect to be treated respectfully and remain informed throughout their care by their health care providers.

A patient advocate can get information and ask questions for you when you cant. They can remind you about instructions and help you make decisions.

The law requires health care providers to keep information about your health private. You may need to sign a form if you want your health care providers to share information with your advocate or others.

Informed consent means that your health care providers have talked to you about your treatment and its risks. They have also talked to you about options to treatment and what can happen if you arent treated.

If you have a complaint, call the hospital or health organization so that they can correct the problem. Next, if you still have concerns, complaints can be sent to the licensing authority or the Joint Commission.

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