A patient asked me, “With all of the changes in the healthcare system, do we still have any rights left?” Well, there are a lot of changes. But one thing isn’t changing—you have a long list of rights—that you have a right to know about, to help you and your doctor work together better.
For instance, you have the right to receive courteous and civil care—and you have a right to go elsewhere if you don’t receive that. And you also have a right to receive care that respects your social, emotional, relational, and spiritual beliefs.
Your doctor should also fully inform you of your diagnosis, treatment options, and prognosis … plus, fully inform you of treatment risks, benefits, and costs.
I could go on, but I think I’ve answered this question with a resounding “Yes” when it comes to your rights. Policies or politics should never take these away.
Here are some more of my blogs on this topic:
- Court: South Dakota can require physicians to advise abortion patients of suicide risk
- Obama Pushes to Rescind Conscience Rights For Pro-Life Doctors
- A doctor’s right to choose versus the rights of a woman to choose
- The mother of octuplets versus her doctor. Who should choose? Whom should society support?
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