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What are my rights in the emergency room (ER)?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
You will be receiving information on your rights as a patient from the hospital staff. The Patient’s Bill of Rights is usually posted in the emergency room (ER). In general, as a patient you have the right to:
  • be treated with respect
  • information and choice
  • privacy
Remember, you have a right to have a test, medicine or procedure explained to you before you receive it. You are free to accept or refuse treatments if you are unclear or not satisfied as to why it was ordered. The ordering staff member, commonly the emergency medicine doctor, will be told of your concerns and should approach you to discuss them. The policy requires that you have a detailed explanation of what refusal of treatment means and to be told what negative effects this may have on your health. You must accept responsibility for refusal to follow the treatment plan. You also have the right to refuse to participate in medical research.

Take responsibility for your health care. Participate in all decisions about your treatment. It is your body!
Doc's ER Survival Guide (DocHandal's Guides)

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