Patients Rights & Responsibilities
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.
You have the right to:
- Be treated in a dignified and respectful manner and to receive reasonable
responses to reasonable requests for service.
- To effective communication that provides information in a manner you understand,
in your preferred language with provisions of interpreting or translation
services, at no cost, and in a manner that meets your needs in the event
of vision, speech, hearing or cognitive impairments. Information should
be provided in easy to understand terms that will allow you to formulate
- Respect for your cultural and personal values, beliefs and preferences.
- Personal privacy, privacy of your health information and to receive a notice
of the facility's privacy practices.
- Pain management.
- Accommodation for your religious and other spiritual services.
- To access, request amendment to and obtain information on disclosures of
your health information in accordance with law and regulation within a
reasonable time frame.
- To have a family member, friend or other support individual to be present
with you during the course of your stay, unless that person's presence
infringes on others' rights, safety or is medically contraindicated.
- Care or services provided without discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity,
religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic
status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
- Participate in decisions about your care, including developing your treatment
plan, discharge planning and having your family and personal physician
promptly notified of your admission.
- Select providers of goods and services to be received after discharge.
- Refuse care, treatment or services in accordance with law and regulation
and to leave the facility against advice of the physician.
- Have a surrogate decision-maker participate in care, treatment and services
decisions when you are unable to make your own decisions.
- Receive information about the outcomes of your care, treatment and services,
including unanticipated outcomes.
- Give or withhold informed consent when making decisions about your care,
treatment and services.
- Receive information about benefits, risks, side effects to proposed care,
treatment and services; the likelihood of achieving your goals and any
potential problems that might occur during recuperation from proposed
care, treatment and service and any reasonable alternatives to the care,
treatment and services proposed.
- Give or withhold informed consent to recordings, filming or obtaining images
of you for any purpose other than your care.
- Participate in or refuse to participate in research, investigation or clinical
trials without jeopardizing your access to care and services unrelated
to the research.
- Know the names of the practitioner who has primary responsibility for your
care, treatment or services and the names of other practitioners providing
- Formulate advance directives concerning care to be received at end-of-life
and to have those advance directives honored to the extent of the facility's
ability to do so in accordance with law and regulation. You also have
the right to review or revise any advance directives.
- Be free from neglect; exploitation; and verbal, mental, physical and sexual abuse.
- An environment that is safe, preserves dignity and contributes to a positive
- Be free from any forms of restraint or seclusion used as a means of convenience,
discipline, coercion or retaliation; and to have the least restrictive
method of restraint or seclusion used only when necessary to ensure patient safety.
- Access protective and advocacy services and to receive a list of such groups
upon your request.
- Receive the visitors whom you designate, including but not limited to a
spouse, a domestic partner (including same-sex domestic partner), another
family member, or a friend. You may deny or withdraw your consent to receive
any visitor at any time. To the extent this facility places limitations
or restrictions on visitation; you have the right to set any preference
of order or priority for your visitors to satisfy those limitations or
- Examine and receive an explanation of the bill for services, regardless
of the source of payment.
You have the responsibility to:
- Provide accurate and complete information concerning your present medical
condition, past illnesses or hospitalization and any other matters concerning
- Tell your caregivers if you do not completely understand your plan of care.
- Follow the caregivers' instructions.
- Follow all medical center policies and procedures while being considerate
of the rights of other patients, medical center employees and medical
You also have the right to:
Lodge a concern with the state, whether you have used the hospital's
grievance process or not. If you have concerns regarding the quality of
your care, coverage decisions or want to appeal a premature discharge,
contact the State Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).
Quality lmprovement Organization
Phone: (813) 280-8256
Toll Free: (844) 455-8708
Fax: (844) 834-7129
5201 W. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
If you have a Medicare complaint you may contact:
Agency for Healthcare Administration
Phone: (888) 419-3456
Mail: Agency for Healthcare Administration
2727 Mahan Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Regarding problem resolution, you have the right to:
Express your concerns about patient care and safety to facility personnel
and/or management without being subject to coercion, discrimination, reprisal
or unreasonable interruption of care; and to be informed of the resolution
process for your concerns. If your concerns and questions cannot be resolved
at this level, contact the accrediting agency indicated below:
The Joint Commission
Phone: (800) 994-6610
Fax: (630) 792-5636
Mail: Office of Quality Monitoring/the Joint Commission
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181