PATIENT'S BILLS OF RIGHTS

Patients' Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
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Quality Medical and Dental Care. You have the right to quality care and treatment consistent with available resources and generally accepted standards, regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, handicap, or diagnosis.

Pain Alleviation. You have the right to appropriate assessment and effective management of pain by utilizing techniques that will alleviate pain and discomfort to the maximum extent consistent with proven safety and benefits.

Respectful Treatment. You have the right to considerate and respectful care that recognizes your personal values and beliefs in the planned course of your care.

Privacy. You have the right to receive a Notice of Privacy Practices (NOPP) pamphlet upon your first visit. Your rights are detailed below.

Confidentiality. You have the right to confidential treatment of all communications and records. Written permission shall be obtained before medical records are made available to anyone not directly concerned with your care, except as otherwise may be required or permitted by law or military regulations.

Identity. You have the right to know, at all times, the identity, professional status and professional credentials of healthcare personnel, as well as the healthcare provider primarily responsible for your care.

Explanation of Care. You have the right to an explanation concerning your diagnosis, treatment, procedures, and prognosis of illness in terms you can be expected to understand. Age Appropriate Care. You have the right to care that is appropriate to your age and that adequately addresses your special needs.

Informed Consent. You have the right to be advised in non-clinical terms of the information needed to make knowledgeable decisions regarding consents or refusal for treatment. Such information should include significant complications, risks, benefits, and alternative treatments available.

Decision Making. You have the right to participate in decisions regarding your care. You have the right to make decisions regarding treatment, including resolution of conflict, withholding of resuscitative services, and foregoing or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. You have the right to request consult with the Bioethics Review Committee.

Request or refuse treatment. You have the right to request or refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law. However, you do not have the right to demand inappropriate or medically unnecessary treatment or services. You have the right to leave Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) even against the advice of physicians, to the extent permitted by law.

Safe Environment. You have the right to care and treatment in a safe and clean environment.

Research Projects. You have the right to be advised if NMCSD proposes to engage in or perform research associated with your care of treatment. You have the right to refuse to participate in any research projects. Care will not be affected by your refusal to participate.

Rules and Regulations. You have the right to be informed of NMCSD’s rules and regulations that apply to your behavior as a patient.