Patient Rights



AHA Patient’s Bill of Rights

The AHA Patient’s Bill of Rights is a guideline for hospitals. Americans have few legal patient rights.  From the American Hospital Association. A Patient’s Bill of Rights was first adopted by the American Hospital Association… Read More


Do You Have the Right to Refuse Medical Treatment?

Every day, patients are faced with a decision on whether or not to put themselves through medical treatment. In some cases, a recommended treatment will only be a question of comfort or speed of healing. In...

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Can You Leave A Hospital At Any Time

How to Make an Informed Choice. Most of the time, doctors and patients will agree when it is time to be discharged from the hospital. However, there are circumstances when there may be disagreement. In...

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What Are Your Rights As A Patient

Patient Rights Definition and Overview.    Patient rights are continually evolving and are linked to governmental agencies and their regulations. Failure to respect these patient rights may have severe penalties imposed on those individuals, businesses,...

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When Can a Doctor Fire a Patient

The American Medical Association has established guidelines regarding when a doctor may fire a patient, based on its Code of Ethics. In addition, many states have laws about the circumstances under which a doctor may...

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Can Patients Make Recordings of Medical Encounters?

For many doctors it is possible that some of their patients are recording their office visit, with or without permission. In a cross-sectional survey administered to the general public in the United Kingdom, 19 of...

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Know Your Patient Rights, Says Californians For Patient Care

From Californians for Patient Care.  California consumers have healthcare rights that they may not be aware of, according to Californians for Patient Care, an independent nonprofit and patient advocate that connects consumers to affordable care....

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My Right to Death With Dignity

Married for a year, Brittany Maynard, 29, found she had aggressive brain cancer. She had six months to live, and she didn’t want her family to watch her dying in pain. Maynard and her family...

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