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.
The right to be treated with dignity and respect
The right to receive care that is safe, effective, and timely
The right to receive complete, accurate, and up-to-date information about your health and treatment options
The right to participate in decisions about your healthcare
The right to access your medical records and to have them kept confidential
The right to choose your healthcare provider and to change providers if you are unhappy with your care
The right to refuse treatment and to be informed of the potential consequences of your decision
The right to receive pain management and palliative care services
The right to be free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or other characteristics
The right to file a complaint or grievance if you believe your rights have been violated.