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10 Patient Rights to Know When Navigating the Healthcare System

It can be overwhelming navigating the healthcare system. Here is a list of some of your rights as a patient that can help you advocate for yourself or your loved one.


  1. The right to be treated with dignity and respect

  2. The right to receive care that is safe, effective, and timely

  3. The right to receive complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about your health and treatment options

  4. The right to participate in decisions about your healthcare

  5. The right to access your medical records and to have them kept confidential

  6. The right to choose your healthcare provider and to change providers if you are unhappy with your care

  7. The right to refuse treatment and to be informed of the potential consequences of your decision

  8. The right to receive pain management and palliative care services

  9. The right to be free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics

  10. The right to file a complaint or grievance if you believe your rights have been violated.

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