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Patient Rights and Responsibilities

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Patient Rights

We recognize that each patient has the right to the following:

  • To be treated with courtesy and respect, with appreciation of his/her individual dignity, and with protection of his/her need for privacy.
  • To a prompt and reasonable response to questions and requests.
  • To know who is providing medical services and who is responsible for his/her care.
  • To know what patient support services are available, including whether an interpreter is available if he/she does not speak English.
  • To know the rules and regulations that apply to his/her conduct.
  • To be given by his/her health care provider, information concerning diagnosis, planned course of treatment, alternatives, risks, and prognosis.
  • To refuse any treatment, except as otherwise provided by law.
  • To be given, upon request, full information and necessary counseling on the availability of known financial resources for his/her care.
  • To know, upon request and in advance of treatment, whether the health care provider or health care facility accepts the Medicare assignment rate, if he/she has or is eligible for Medicare coverage.
  • To receive, upon request, and prior to treatment, a reasonable estimate of charges for medical care.
  • To receive a copy of a reasonably clear and understandable itemized bill and, upon request, to have the charges explained.
  • To impartial access to medical treatment or accommodations, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical handicap, or source of payment.
  • To treatment for any emergency medical condition that will deteriorate from failure to provide treatment.
  • To understand the role of learners in his/her care team.
  • To participate or decline to participate in medical research.
  • To express grievances regarding any violation of his/her rights, as stated in Florida law, through the grievance procedure of the health care provider or health care facility that served him/her, and to the appropriate state licensing agency.

Patient Responsiblities

We expect a patient to be responsible for the following:

  • For providing his/her health care provider, to the best of his/her knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to his/her health.
  • For reporting unexpected changes in his/her condition to his/her health care provider.
  • For reporting to his/her health care provider whether he/she comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him/her.
  • For following the treatment plan recommended by his/her health care provider.
  • For keeping appointments or, when he/she is unable to do so for any reason, for notifying the health care provider or health care facility.
  • For his/her actions if he/she refuses treatment or does not follow the health care provider's instruction.
  • For assuring that the financial obligations of his/her health care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
  • For following health care facility rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.

Florida Patient's Bill of Rights Consumer Assistance Notice

For concerns about your HMO or medical care call:
(Si tiene preoccupaciones sobre su seguro HMO o su cuidado medico, llame a:)

Agency for Health Care Administration
2727 Mahan Drive, Building 1, Mailstop #27
Tallahassee, FL 32308

Division of Consumer Services
200 E. Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0322

The Statewide Provider and Subscriber Assistance Panel
2727 Mahan Drive, Building 1, Mailstop #27
Tallahassee, FL 32308

If you require assistance in obtaining the address and toll free telephone number of your HMO's Grievance Department please ask the staff of this office to assist you.

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