The following is a list of Family Health Care Clinic, Inc. Patient’s Bill of Rights:
- The patient has the right to considerate and respectful care.
- The patient has the right to obtain from his physician complete current information concerning his diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in terms the patient can be reasonably expected to understand. When it is not medically advisable to give such information to the patient, the information should be made available to an appropriate person on his behalf. He has the right to know, by name, the physician responsible for his care.
- The patient has a right to receive from his physician information necessary to give informed consent should include, but not necessarily be limited to the specific procedures and/or treatment, the medically significant risks involved, and the probable duration of incapacitation. Where medically significant alternatives for care of treatment exist, or when the patient request information concerning medical alternatives, the patient has the right to such information. The patient also has the right to know the name of the person responsible for procedures and/or treatment.
- The patient has the right to refuse treatment of the extent permitted by law and to be informed of the medical consequences of his action.
- The patient has the right to every consideration of his privacy concerning his own medical care program. Case discussion, consultation, examination, and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discreetly. Those not directly involved in his care must have the permission of the patient to be present.
- The patient has the right to expect that all communications and records pertaining to his care should be treated confidential.
- The patient has the right to expect that within its capacity the Clinic will make a reasonable response to the request of the patient for services. The Clinic must provide evaluation, service, and/or referral as indicated by the urgency of the case. When medically permissible, a patient may be referred to another facility only after he has received complete information and explanation concerning the need for an alternative to such a referral. The referred provider must first have accepted the patient for referral.
- The patient has the right to appropriate assessment and management of pain. The patient has the right to believe that as their pain is reported that it will be believed and that as health professionals we are committed to respond as quick as possible to the prevention and management of said pain.