Patient Rights & Responsibilities

CONFIDENTIALITY

Your medical records are kept in strict confidence. Only with your written release can your records be copied and sent to a third party. Contact your health care provider or Student Health Administration if you would like to discuss your records.

YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS A PATIENT

Student Health staff members strongly believe that each person is entitled to certain rights as a patient. Additionally, each patient has certain responsibilities. Together, these ensure that each individual receives the appropriate medical care & personal services he/she deserves. The following Patient Bill of Rights and Responsibilities was established:

Each patient has the right to:

  • Access to care & treatment regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin or religion
  • Consideration & respect for personal dignity & privacy
  • Expect that the diagnosis, prognosis & methods of treatment be explained clearly & in terms you can understand, including the risks & possible side effects
  • Be informed about the Health Center regulations, policies, & rules governing the conduct as a patient.
  • Know what alternatives exist for your care & treatment
  • Know if treatment involves experimental, educational or research methods and maintain the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law

Each patient has the responsibility to:

  • Provide, to the best of his/her knowledge, accurate information relating to health matters
  • Follow the treatment plan recommended by his/her primary health care provider
  • Accept personal responsibility if he/she refuses treatment
  • Know and abide by Student Health rules, regulations and policies
  • Respect the rights of other patients, hospital personnel and others with whom he/she may come in contact

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