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SURGERY FOR BPH: THE PATIENT'S BILL OF RIGHTS

The American Hospital Association has prepared a Patient's Bill of Rights with the expectation that observance of these rights will help provide improved care for the patient by the physician and the hospital. It should be posted at the admissions desk of every hospital. You may want to ask if the hospital adheres to the voluntary code.

The Patient's Bill of Rights maintains that a personal relationship between the doctor and the patient is essential to providing proper medical care. There are twelve provisions in this Bill of Rights, which I have paraphrased below:

Proper and respectful medical care is a fundamental right of every patient.

Patients have the right to review their medical charts and to ask their doctor for a copy of all their medical records. If the patient can't understand the information, then it should be given to someone else on his or her behalf.

The doctor has no right to treat you without your "informed consent." (Unfortunately, this provision is not practiced by many doctors.) '

A patient has the right to not accept the recommendation of a doctor, but the doctor has a right to inform the patient of the consequences of not accepting his or her recommendation.

The release of patient records without his or her consent is forbidden.

This provision expands on Provision 5, further specifying "all communications."

The hospital must be prompt in responding to a patient's request for services. Also, the hospital cannot transfer the patient to another hospital without giving reasons for the transfer.

The patient has the right to obtain information about the relationship of the hospital with other institutions or corporations, if related to his or her medical case.

No hospital may use the patient in experimentation without his or her consent.

The patient has a right to continuous care, either in the hospital or at home. In essence, the patient's physician or a delegate must be on call.

The patient has to receive an adequate explanation pertaining to medical charges.

The patient has the right to review a hospital's code of conduct for the patient, which details what is expected of the patient and should be posted on the wall of the admittance office.

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