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Rights & Responsibilities

Health care is a cooperative effort between the patient and providers.

Patient Rights

You have the right to:

  • Be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of your race, religion, age, sex, beliefs or lifestyle
  • Receive high quality, accessible, culturally-centered care with regard to your privacy
  • Have confidential treatment of your medical records and communication
  • Release of your medical records: 1)  with your written consent, 2) in cases of medical emergencies, or 3) in response to court-ordered subpoenas (Confidentiality can be violated if you pose a threat of harm to yourself or others)
  • Be informed of your healthcare provider’s name and position
  • Receive comprehensive information regarding diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
  • Participate in decisions related to your care
  • Access other medical opinions before making treatment decisions
  • Consent to or refuse treatment and to be informed of the consequences of making this decision
  • Express any grievance to the management of AHS without fear of restraint, interference, or discrimination

Patient Responsibilities

You have a responsibility to:

  • Present a comprehensive, honest medical history
  • Treat AHS staff with consideration and respect
  • Ask for clarification if information or instructions are not understood
  • Participate in health care decisions
  • Follow medical treatment plan
  • Report any changes or lack of improvement in your health status
  • Observe the privacy and confidentiality of others at AHS
  • Arrive promptly at appointment time
  • Notify AHS if unable to keep appointment