Patient Rights & Responsibilities
Patient Rights & Responsibilities
Student Health Services
University of California, Riverside
PATIENTS' RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
You have the right to be treated with respect, consideration and dignity. You have a right to nondiscriminatory care from your doctors, other health care providers, and the Student Health Services staff regardless of your race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information or source of payment.
You have a right to privacy. Examinations, consultations and treatment will be conducted in private.
You have the right to communicate with health care providers in confidence and to have any individually identifiable health care information about you protected. You must authorize any release of personal health information, except when required by law. You also have the right to review and to obtain a copy of your own medical record and to request amendments to your record.
- With very few exceptions, individually identifiable health care information can be used without written consent only for health purposes, including the provision of health care, payment for services, health promotion, disease management, and quality assurance.
- In addition, examples of legally permitted disclosures without written consent include: medical or health care research for which an institutional review board has determined anonymous records will not suffice, investigation of health care fraud, and public health reporting.
- When disclosure occurs, no greater amount of information will be disclosed than is necessary to achieve the specific purpose of the disclosure.
You have the right to receive accurate, easily understood information to make informed decisions about your health care, health plan, care professionals and facilities. This information will include:
- Health care: To the degree known, complete information concerning the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment and prognosis.
- Health plan: Covered benefits, cost-sharing, procedures for resolving complaints, and provider network composition.
- Health professionals: Education, board certification, recertification, and years of practice.
- Health care facilities: Services provided; patient satisfaction; procedures for resolving complaints; and campus benefits provided.
You have the right and responsibility to fully participate in all decisions related to your health care, except when contraindicated for health reasons. If you are unable to fully participate in treatment decisions, you have the right to be represented by parents, guardians, family members, or other conservators.
- Consistent with the informed consent process, you have the right to easily understood information and the opportunity to decide among treatment options, including the option of no treatment at all.
- You have the right to discuss all risks, benefits and consequences of treatment or no treatment.
- You have the right to a discussion of the use of advance directives -- both living wills and durable powers of attorney for health care -- with your health care provider and your designated family members.
- You can expect that your health care provider will abide by the decisions made by you and/or your designated representatives consistent with the informed consent process.
You have the right to ready access to easily understood information concerning your rights and responsibilities, the services available to you, after-hours and emergency care, fees, payment policies, and the credentials of the health care professionals. The following are sources of this information:
- The Student Health Services web site – studenthealth.ucr.edu
- Student Health Insurance Plan brochures.
- The Student Health Services brochures.
- The Confidentiality Statement/Patient Rights and Responsibilities
- Student Health Services personnel.
You have the right to choose your health care providers.
- You have the right to request the same practitioner for continuity of care.
- You have the right to change health care practitioners.
- You have the right to a second medical opinion before making a decision.
You have the right to accurate and clearly presented marketing and advertising information about your health plan, health care professionals and health care services.
You have the right to communicate your thoughts about your health care to the Student Health Services. You have the right to a fair, fast, and objective review of any complaint you may have against the health plan, doctors, other healthcare personnel or the facility.
- You have the right to communicate your thoughts about your health care to the Student Health Services. You have the right to a fair, fast, and objective review of any complaint you may have against the health plan, doctors, other healthcare personnel or the facility.
- Write the concern on a piece of paper and leave it in the Comment Box in the lobby.
- Write an email to the Patient Advocate via firstname.lastname@example.org
- Make an appointment with the Patient Advocate by calling (951) 827-3031.
- Discuss your concern with the Patient Advocate by phone at (951) 827-3031.
With patient rights come patient responsibilities. Active participation in your health care will assure the best outcome.
- Maximize healthy habits--exercise, don't smoke or use illegal drugs, eat a healthy diet and don't abuse alcohol.
- Become involved in care decisions.
- Work collaboratively with providers in developing and carrying out agreed-upon treatment plans.
- Provide accurate and complete information to your provider about your health, any medications, including over-the-counter products, dietary supplements and any allergies or sensitivities. Clearly communicate your wants and needs. If you are uncomfortable with disclosure, let your provider know that.
- Become knowledgeable about your health plan coverage and options, including limitations, exclusions, rules regarding referrals and use of network providers, and processes to secure additional information. This information is in the plan brochure and can be found on the Student Health Services web site: studenthealth.ucr.edu
- Provide a responsible adult to transport you home and stay with you if need be, if required by your provider.
- Inform your provider about any living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect your care.
- Show respect for other patients and the health care workers.
- Accept personal responsibility to meet your financial obligations for your healthcare.