Patient Rights and Responsibilities

 Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The Patient Has a Right

  • To be treated with respect, consideration and dignity
  • To appropriate privacy and to obtain a copy of Taylor’s Privacy Practices Policy
  • To when the need arises, reasonable attempts are made for health care professionals and other staff to communicate in the language or manner primarily used by patients
  • To have patient disclosures and records be treated confidentially, and patients are given the opportunity to approve or refuse their release, except when the release is required by law
  • To participate in decisions involving their health care
  • To be provided, to the degree known, complete information concerning their diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prognosis. When it is medically inadvisable to give such information to a patient, the information is provided to a person designated by the patient or if needed to a legally authorized person
  • To know who is responsible for providing treatment and to request a second medical opinion or to change providers if desired
  • To decide not to be treated, and be informed of the medical consequences of refusal
  • To refuse participation in experimental research
  • To register complaints, compliments, or suggestions with Taylor Health and Wellness staff in person or at Health@MissouriState.edu
  • To complete a living will or other advance directive

The Patient Has a Responsibility

  • To provide complete and accurate information about their health and all medications, including over-the-counter products/dietary supplements/herbs, and any allergies and sensitivities
  • To inform the clinician of any changes in their health status that could affect their treatment
  • To ask questions and seek clarification regarding areas of concern
  • To keep appointments on time
  • To cancel appointments only when necessary and far enough in advance so other patients may utilize that time
  • To follow the treatment plan prescribed by his/her provider and participate in his/her care
  • To accept financial responsibility for their charges including any charges not covered by his/her insurance
  • To act in a considerate and cooperative manner with the Taylor staff, as well as other patients
  • To provide a responsible person to transport you home and remain with you there, if needed
  • To inform your provider about your living will, medical power of attorney, or other advance directive that could affect your health care