Patient Rights

As a patient in a hospital in New York State you have the right, consistent with law, to:patient rights.jpg
  • Understand and use these rights. If for any reason you do not understand them or need help understanding them, the hospital MUST provide assistance, including an interpreter.
  • Receive treatment without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, source of payment or age.
  • Receive considerate and respectful care in a clean and safe environment free of unnecessary restraints.
  • Receive emergency care if you need it. Be informed of the name and position of the doctor who will be in charge of your care in the hospital.
  • Know the names, positions and functions of any hospital staff involved in your care and refuse their treatment, examination or observation.
  • A no smoking room
  • Receive complete information about your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
  • Receive all the information you need to give informed for any proposed procedure or treatment. This information shall include the possible risks and benefits of the procedure or treatment.
  • Receive all the information you need to give informed consent for an order not to resuscitate. You also have the right to designate an individual to give this consent for you if you are too ill to do so. If you would like additional information, please ask for a copy of the pamphlet “Do Not Resuscitate Orders – A Guide For Patients and Families”.
  • Refuse treatment and be told what effect this may have on your health.
  • Refuse to take pare in research. In deciding whether or not to participate, you have the right to a full explanation
  • Privacy while in the hospital and confidentiality of all information and records regarding your care.
  • Participate in all decisions about your treatment and discharge from the hospital. The hospital must provide you with a written discharge plan and written description of how you can appeal your discharge.
  • Review your medical record without charge. Obtain a copy of your medical record for which the hospital can charge a reasonable fee. You cannot be denied a copy solely because you cannot afford to pay.
  • Receive an itemized bill and explanation of all charges.
  • Complain without fears of reprisal about the care and services you are receiving and to have the hospital respond to you and if you request it, a written response. If you are not satisfied with the hospital’s response, you can complain to the New York State Health Department. The hospital must provide you with the Health Department phone number.
  • Authorize those family members and other adults who will be given priority to visit consistent with your ability to receive visitors.
  • Make known your wishes in regard to anatomical gifts. You may document your wishes in your health care proxy or on a donor card, available from the hospital.
Patients’ Rights Related to Pain Management
Pain relief is at the core of our commitment to our patients. We dedicate ourselves to effective pain management by encouraging patients to actively participate in the assessment, goal setting, management, and evaluation of pain control. We offer a team of Pain Management physicians. Our patients have access to facilities to evaluate and treat acute and chronic as well as before and after surgery pain. Please feel free to discuss all issues concerning your pain with your physician(s) and the other members of your health care team.
 
As a patient you can expect information about pain and pain relief measures, a concerned staff committed to pain prevention, and physicians and health care professionals who respond quickly to reports of pain.
 
As a patient we expect you to communicate and describe the severity of pain, report any new or unrelieved pain, collaborate with your physician(s) and health care professionals regarding changes in pain relief, and inform staff when pain has been relieved.
 
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