Learn about your rights as a patient and need to know information about
your choices for care.
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What rights do I have about my plan of care?
- I have the right to participate in the planning and decision making about
my plan of care.
- I have the right to be given information so that I can make decisions about
my care. I have the right to be given information about my health condition
in a manner that I can understand so that I can take part in my plan of
care and treatment. I have the right to request or refuse treatment. This
right does not mean that I can demand medically inappropriate or unnecessary
services or treatment. I have a right to have my representative receive
information and to make decisions about my care.
- I have the right to be informed of my right to have my pain treated and
controlled as well as possible based on my goals.
- I have the right to be fully informed about any unusual, experimental,
or research project or treatment. I may consent or refuse this treatment
without affecting my care.
- I have the right to know the professional title of any person providing
me care and services.
- I have the right to know the reasons for any proposed change in the doctor
responsible for my care.
- I have the right to know the reasons for my transfer within or outside
- I have the right to know the relationship(s) of the hospital to other persons
or organizations providing my care.
- I have the right to state my concerns about possible risks to me and/or
complaints about my care. These concerns and complaints will always be
reviewed and resolved when possible. I may state my concerns and/or complaints
to any caregiver including my nurse. I also have the right to place a
complaint with the Indiana State Department of Health at 2 North Meridian
Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or by calling 317.233.7442.
What rights do I have if I can't communicate what I want?
- The right to make decisions about future healthcare is called an advance
directive. I have the right to make an advance directive and to have hospital
staff and doctors who provide care follow this advance directive.
What rights do I have about how the hospital staff will treat me?
- I have the right to have a family member or representative of my choice
and my own doctor notified in a timely manner of my admission to the hospital.
- I (or my support person, where appropriate) have the right to receive or
deny visitors of my choice including my spouse, a domestic partner (including
a same sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend. These
rights cannot be restricted, limited, or denied because of my visitor’s
race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or gender identity, sexual
orientation, or disability.
- I have the right to know the clinically necessary or reasonable restrictions
or limits that the hospital may need to place on such rights and the reasons
for the clinical restriction or limit.
- I have the right to receive information in easy to understand language
and interpretation if I am unable to understand English. Other communication
tools will be available to me as needed.
- I have the right to personal privacy.
- I have the right to courteous, considerate, respectful and safe care in
a safe setting.
- I have the right to be free from all forms of abuse or harassment.
- I have the right to be free from restraints of any kind that are not medically
necessary. Restraints will not be used as a means of force, discipline,
convenience, or punishment by staff.
What rights do I have about my personal health information?
- I have the right to the confidentiality of my medical records.
- I have the right to get information from my medical record within a reasonable
amount of time. The hospital will not prevent me from receiving my medical
records in a timely manner.
What rights do I have about the costs of my medical care?
- I have the right to get information about the costs of my medical care
within a timely manner. I may ask for an itemized bill.
- I have the right to be aware of the facility's source of payment for the
services I receive and to be told of any limits that might be placed upon my care.
What rights does my family have about organ donation?
- My family has the right to have information about tissue and organ donation.
They have the right to consent or refuse tissue and organ donation as
allowed by State Law.