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Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Your rights as a hospital patient

When you become a patient at Blount Memorial Hospital, you also become a  partner in your care. As a partner, it is important that you stay well-informed, participate in treatment decisions, and communicate openly with your doctor and other health professionals. And as your partner, we will respect your personal preferences and values. While you are a patient at the hospital, you have the right to:

  • considerate and respectful care
  • be well-informed about and participate in decisions regarding your care, including appropriate assessment and management of pain
  • know the name and roles of people treating you
  • consent to or refuse treatment, and to give informed consent
  • have an advance directive such as a living will or a durable power of attorney for health care
  • security, personal privacy and confidentiality of information
  • expect that treatment records are confidential, unless you give permission to release information or reporting is required or permitted by law
  • expect reasonable access to care regardless of race, creed, sex or national origin
  • know if the hospital has relationships with outside parties that may influence your treatment and care
  • consent to or decline to take part in research affecting your care
  • be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital care is no longer appropriate
  • be involved in resolving dilemmas about care decisions

Your responsibilities as a hospital patient

As a patient, you also have responsibilities regarding your health when you are in the hospital and after you are discharged. You are responsible for:

  • providing information about your health, including past illnesses, hospital stays and use of medicine
  • being considerate of the needs of other patients, staff and the hospital
  • asking questions and requesting explanations when you do not understand information or instructions
  • providing information for insurance and working with the hospital to arrange payment when needed
  • recognizing the effect of lifestyle on your health
  • telling your doctor if you believe you cannot follow through with your treatment
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