Every patient has the right to be treated as an individual with his rights respected.
To assure the rights of all patients coming to GI Medicine Associates are respected without regard to sex, culture, economic status, education, handicap, race, color, age or religious background.
Patients coming to G.I. Medicine will be made aware of their rights while here at G.I. Medicine. Their rights are as follows:
- To receive treatment without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or source of payment;
- To receive considerate and respectful care in a clean and safe environment free of unnecessary restraints;
- To understand the indications for their treatment plan and/or procedure;
- To receive all the information they need to give informed consent for any procedure, including the possible risks and benefits of the procedure;
- To receive complete information about their diagnosis, planned treatment and prognosis. When it is medically inadvisable to give such information to a patient, the information will be provided to a person designated by the patient or to a legally authorized person;
- To participate in all decisions involving health care, except when such participation is contra-indicated for medical reasons;
- To provide privacy, confidentiality and integrity of all information and records regarding their care;
- To approve or refuse the release of their medical records except when required by law;
- To be aware of fees for service and the billing process;
- To refuse treatment and be told what effect this may have on their health;
- To complain without fear of reprisals about the care and service they are receiving;
- To refuse to participate in experimental research.