Your Responsibilities as a Patient

The patient has the responsibility to:

  • Provide accurate and complete information concerning present complaints, past illnesses, current medications including over-the-counter medications, allergies, dietary supplements, hospitalizations or any other health-related issues.
  • Make it known whether the planned surgical procedure/treatment risks, benefits and alternative treatment have been explained and understood.
  • Follow the treatment plan established by the physician including physician instructions given by the nurses and other health care professionals. Notify physician of any complications.
  • Notify staff on admission if instructions were not followed and accept responsibility for modified or denied treatment.
  • Keep appointments or notify the facility and/or physician in advance if unable to do so.
  • Accept full responsibility for refusal of treatment and to be informed of the consequences of his/her actions.
  • Provide current insurance information to assure that the financial obligations of his/her care are fulfilled as promptly as possible regardless of payment source.
  • Be responsible for the conduct of yourself and those accompanying you when interacting with healthcare providers, staff and other patients.
  • Be responsible to communicate to your physician, nurse or care giver any dissatisfaction you may have regarding your care.
  • Provide a responsible adult to transport him/her from the facility and remain with the patient, if required by provider, for 24 hours following surgical procedure.
  • Bring a current copy of your Living Will or Durable Power of Attorney if you have these, to be placed in your medical record at the time of your admission or during an appointment with your physician.


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