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Patient Bill of Rights

An Important Message Regarding Your Rights as a Hospital Inpatient

  1. You have the right to receive all of the hospital care that you need for the treatment of your illness or injury. Your discharge date is determined by your physician based on your health care needs.
  2. You have the right to be fully informed about decisions affecting your care and your insurance coverage. ASK QUESTIONS.
  3. You have the right to designate a representative to act on your behalf.
  4. You have the right to know about your medical condition. Talk to your doctor about your condition and your health care needs. If you have questions or concerns about Hospital services, your discharge date or your discharge plan, consult your doctor or a Hospital representative (such as the nurse, social worker, or discharge planner). Before you are discharged, you must receive a written discharge notice and a written discharge plan.
  5. You and/or your representative have the right to be involved in your discharge planning. You have the right to appeal the written discharge plan or notice you receive from the Hospital. If you think you are being asked to leave the hospital too soon...
    1. Be sure you have received the written notice of discharge that the Hospital must give you. You need this discharge if you plan to appeal your discharge.
    2. This notice will say who to call and how to appeal. To avoid extra charges, you must call to appeal by noon of the day after you receive the notice. If you miss this time, you may still appeal; however, you may have to pay for your continued stay in the Hospital if you lose your appeal.