What are Patient Rights?
Patient rights are those basic rules of conduct between patients and medical
caregivers as well as the people that support them. Patient rights is general
statement adopted by most healthcare professionals, covering such matters as access
to care, patient dignity, confidentiality, and consent to treatment.
Irrespective of what definition used, most patients and doctors are finding that many
of the details of patient rights have changed and are continuing to change over
Physicians can best contribute to a mutually respectful alliance with patients by
serving as their patients’ advocates and by respecting patients’ rights.
These include the right to:
- Receive treatment without discrimination as to race, colour, religion, sex,
national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
- Privacy while in the hospital and confidentiality of all information and records
regarding your health.
- Receive considerate and respectful care in clean and safe environment free of
- Receive emergency care if needed
- Be informed of the name and position of the doctor who will be in charge of your
care in the hospital.
- A non-smoking room.
- Receive complete information about your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.
- Receive all the information that you need to give informed consent for any
proposed procedure or treatment. This information shall include the possible
risks and benefits of the procedure or treatment.
- Refuse treatment and be told what effect this may have on your health.
- Authorize those family members and other adults who will be given priority to
visit consistent with your ability to receive visitors.