Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The patient has a right...

  • To appropriate privacy and to obtain a copy of Taylor's Privacy Practices Policy;
  • To participate in decisions involving the health problem;
  • To be informed about the diagnosis, treatment and prediction of the health problem in terms that can be understood;
  • To know who is responsible for providing treatment and to request a second medical opinion or to change providers if desired;
  • To decide not to be treated, and be informed of the medical consequences of refusal;
  • To be treated with respect and dignity and to be provided with courteous, considerate care;
  • To receive confidential treatment of their disclosures and medical records and, except when required by law, be afforded the opportunity to approve or refuse their release;
  • To refuse participation in experimental research;
  • To register complaints, compliments, or suggestions with Taylor Health and Wellness Center's staff;
  • To complete a living will or other advance directive.

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The patient has a responsibility...

  • To inform clinician of any changes in their health status that could affect their treatment;
  • To adhere to a prescribed treatment plan and to discuss any desired change;
  • To act in a considerate and cooperative manner with the  Taylor Health and Wellness Center staff;
  • To ask questions and seek clarification regarding areas of concern;
  • To weigh the consequences of refusing to comply with instructions and recommendations;
  • To assist clinicians in compiling a complete record authorizing the Health Center to obtain necessary medical information from appropriate sources;
  • To keep appointments on time;
  • To cancel appointments only when absolutely necessary, and far enough in advance so that other patients might utilize that time;
  • To inform your provider about your living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect your health care.