Why not ask? Know Your Rights as a Patient
As a patient, you of course have rights. It can be hard to understand what exactly they are when the information is covered up by unnecessary legal jargon. This is a break down of exactly what patients’ rights and health law truly are, so you can advocate for yourself.
Health Care Law
Health care law exists to provide patients with the ability to make decisions about their own treatment. No matter a doctor’s suggestion, the patient always has the option on whether or not to go through with it. This can refer to medication, surgery, etc.
As well as this, patients have the right to decide who has access to their medical records. Just as a patient can keep the information between the doctor and themselves, they are allowed to share the information with whomever they wish.
In summary, as a patient, you have the right to make your own medical decisions, and you have the right for your medical treatment to be fair and just.
Informed Consent is one of the core aspects of patient rights. As a patient, you are under no obligation to go through a treatment you do not understand the reasoning and logistics behind. Your physician needs to be able to answer your questions and explain to you precisely what treatment entails before requiring a decision to be made about what to do.
Doctors are unable to disclose information about a patient’s medical history or treatment unless the patient has granted permission to do so. Medical information is confidential.
As a rule, patients have the right to respectful care from health care professionals. Discrimination is unacceptable and unlawful. If there is an unfair practice, patients have the right to file a complaint, and third party organizations are required to analyze these complaints and determine how they affect assistance.