Access to Care-Individuals shall be accorded
impartial access to treatment or accommodations that are available or
medically necessary, regardless of race, creed, sex, national origin,
or sources of payment for care.
Respect and Dignity-The patient has the right to considerate, respectful
care at all times and under all circumstances, with recognition of his
Privacy and Confidentiality-The patient has the right, within the law,
to personal and informational privacy, as manifested by the following
- To refuse to talk with or see anyone not officially
connected with the Dekalb Family Medicine On Candler (hereafter called
the practice), including visitors, or persons officially connected with
practice, but not directly involved in his/her care.
- To have reasonable accommodations made which support
the patient's cultural and spiritual beliefs. This includes the right
to wear appropriate personal clothing and religious or other symbolic
items, as long as they do not interfere with diagnostic procedures or
- To be interviewed and examined in surroundings designed
to assure reasonable visual and auditory privacy. This includes the
right to have a person of one's own sex present during certain parts
of a physical examination, treatment, or procedure performed by a health
professional of the opposite sex and the right not to remain disrobed
any longer than is required for accomplishing the medical purpose for
which the patient was asked to disrobe.
- To expect that any discussion or consultation involving
his case will be conducted discreetly and that individuals not directly
involved in his care will not be present without his permission.
- To have his medical record read only by individuals
directly involved in his treatment or in the monitoring of its quality
and by other individuals only on his written authorization or that of
his legally authorized representative. The patient also has the right
to timely access of his clinical records.
- To expect all communications and other records pertaining
to his care, including the source of payment for treatment, to be treated
- To request a transfer to another room if another patient
or a visitor in a room is unreasonably disturbing him.
To be placed in protective privacy when considered necessary
for personal safety.
Personal Safety-The patient has the right to expect
reasonable safety insofar as the office practices and environment are
Identity-The patient has the right to know the identity and professional
status of individuals providing service to him and to know which physician
or other practitioner is primarily responsible for his care. This includes
the patient's right to know of the existence of any professional relationship
to any other healthcare or educational institutions involved in his care.
Participation by patients in clinical training programs or in the gathering
of data for research purposes should be voluntary.
Information-The patient has the right to obtain, from
the practitioner responsible for coordinating his care, complete and current
information concerning his diagnosis (to the degree known), treatment,
and any known prognosis. This information should be communicated in terms
the patient can reasonably be expected to understand. When it is not medically
advisable to give such information to the patient, the information should
be made available to a legally authorized individual.
Consent-The patient has the right to reasonable
informed participation in the development and implementation of his plan
of care. To the degree possible, this should be based on a clear, concise
explanation of his condition and of all proposed technical procedures,
including the possibilities of any risk of mortality or serious side effects,
problems related to recuperation, and probability of success. The patient
should not be subjected to any procedure without his voluntary, competent,
and understanding consent or that of his legally authorized representative.
Where medically significant alternatives for care or treatment exist,
the patient shall be so informed.
The patient has the right to know who is responsible for authorizing and
performing the procedures or treatment.
The patient shall be informed if the practice proposes to engage in or
perform human experimentation or other research/educational projects affecting
his care or treatment, and the patient has the right to refuse to participate
in any such activity.
Seclusion and Restraint-the patient has
the right to be free from restraints and seclusions of any form that are
not medically necessary or are used as a means of coercion, discipline,
convenience or retaliation by staff.
Protective Services-The patient has a right
to information and assistance in obtaining protective services (e.g.,
security, ombudsman, adult protective services) when necessary.
Consultation-The patient, at his own request
and expense, has the right to consult with a specialist.
Refusal of Treatment-The patient may refuse
treatment to the extent permitted by law. When refusal of treatment by
the patient or his legally authorized representative prevents the provision
of appropriate care in accordance with professional standards, the relationship
with the patient may be terminated upon reasonable notice.