In addition to having rights, patients also have responsibilities to assist in assuring that their care, and the care of other patients, is provided appropriately. Included among these responsibilities are the following:
The patient's Medical Power of Attorney or surrogate decision maker assumes the above responsibilities for the patient if the patient has been found by his or her physician to be incapable of understanding these responsibilities, has been judged incompetent in accordance with law, or exhibits a communication barrier.
- The patient has the responsibility to bring with him/her information about past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to his/her health to the best of his/her ability.
- The patient has the responsibility to cooperate with all of the hospital personnel caring for him/her, and to ask questions if he/she does not understand any information, recommendations, or instructions given.
- The patient has the responsibility to be considerate of other patients and to see that hi/her visitors are considerate as well, particularly in regard to noise, and the number of visitors.
- The patient has the responsibility to keep appointments or to notify the hospital in a timely fashion when he/she cannot keep a scheduled appointment.
- The patient has the responsibility to be prompt in the payment of hospital bills, to provide the information necessary for insurance processing, and to be prompt about asking questions he/she may have concerning the bill.
- The patient has the responsibility to be respectful of others, of other people's property, and that of the hospital.
- The patient has the responsibility to abide by hospital rules and regulations and to see that his/her visitors do likewise.
- The patient has the responsibility to help his/her doctors, nurses, and allied medical personnel in their efforts to return him/her to health by following their instructions. The patient and family are responsible reporting perceived risks in the patient's care and unexpected changes in the patient's condition.
- After leaving the hospital, the patient has the responsibility to maintain the treatment recommended by his/her doctor and to notify him/her of any changes. The patient and family are responsible for outcomes if they do not follow the care, service or treatment plan.
- The patient has the responsibility of informing the Unit Director, Patient Advocate (598-1452), the House Supervisor (285-6628), or the Helpline (598-1210) as soon as possible if he/she believes any of his/her rights have been, or may be, violated. Any part of this statement of rights and responsibilities may be discussed with the patient's doctor or the head nurse on the unit.
Mon General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, military status, or disability in the admission, access to admission, or treatment of its patients.