So that you may contribute effectively to your healthcare, you have, as a patient or patient's
representative, the following responsibilities:
- Be honest and as accurate as possible when asked for information about your medical history and everything that happens to you as a patient.
- Participate actively in agreed-upon decisions regarding your health.
- Notify your doctor or nurse if you have any concern about your care and if you notice, or think you notice, or perceive any changes in your health.
- Ask promptly for clarification if you do not understand what is asked of you, or why it is asked.
- Let your doctor or nurse know if you are concerned about a treatment, or if you feel you cannot, or will not, follow a certain treatment plan and to be responsible for the consequences if you refuse treatment or do not follow instructions.
- Examine your bill and ask any questions you may have regarding the charges or methods of payments, and for assuring that the financial obligations of your health care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
- Follow hospital rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct, to be considerate of other patients and hospital staff and their property, and for assisting in controlling the noise and number of your visitors.
- Provide the hospital with a copy of any advance directives you may have executed.
- Contribute to a safe environment of care, therefore the following is prohibited:
- Possession of weapons, dangerous objects, alcohol, illegal drugs and drugs not prescribed by the patient's physician.
- Visiting while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
The hospital's obligation to provide a safe environment for patient care must override the patient's right to privacy.