Chapter 3: The Moral Climate of Health Care

Section 8. Additional Resources

READ:  On Malpractice    

READ:   The Rights that Patientís Have That They May Not Know   by   Kelly Phillips   (NCC, 2009) 

The rights listed below are the underlying rights that receivers of healthcare are not told when then enter the hospital.  They are all taken from the websites below. If you wish to know any further detail about any of the rights it can be found on the websites.  

-You have the right to file a complaint against a nurse or doctor or any healthcare providers.   You can call the Medicare Hotline toll free at 1-800-331-7767.

-If you feel you are being asked to leave the hospital too soon you have the right to appeal the decision.

-You have the right to view  and obtain your own medical records.

-If you have been denied access to all or part of your hospital records, you may appeal to the New York State Department of Health Medical Records Access Review Committee. 

-You have the right to receive all of the hospital care that you need for the treatment of your illness or injury.

-Your discharge date is determined only by your health care needs, not by your DRG category or your insurance. 

-As a hospital patient, you are entitled to an itemized bill. 

-You have the right to request a DNR order

-You have the right to be informed about the care you will receive.

-You have the right to get information about your care in your language.

-You have the rights to make decisions about your care, including refusing care.

-You have the right to know the names of the caregivers who treat you.

-You have the right to safe care.

-You have the right to have your pain treated.

-You have the right to know when something goes wrong with your care.

-You have the right to get an up-to-date list of all your current medicines.

-You have the right to be listened to.

-You have the right to be treated with courtesy and respect.

-You have the right to know about hospital rules that affect you and your treatment and about charged and payment methods.

-You have the right to receive compassionate care that respects your personal, spiritual, cultural, and religious values and beliefs.

-You have the rights to consent or refuse any treatment, as permitted by law- if you refuse a recommended treatment; you have the right to receive other needed and available care.

-You have the right to be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital care is no longer appropriate.

-You have the rights to have an advance directive, such as a living will or health care proxy.

-You have the right to privacy.

-You have the right to expect that treatment records are confidential unless you have given permission to release information or reporting is required or permitted by law.

-You have the right to know about hospital resources, such as patient complaints and grievances processes, patient representatives or ethics committees, that can help you promptly resolve problems and questions about your hospital stay and care.

-You have the right to lodge a grievance with a state or federal agency directly. Regardless of whether you first use a hospitalís  grievance process

-Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

-No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

- Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

- Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

- Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection. The Privacy Rights Clearing House

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