Patient Bill of Rights

  1. To be informed of these rights, as evidenced by the patient’s written acknowledgement, or by documentation by staff in the medical record, that the patient was offered a written copy of these rights and given written or verbal explanation of these rights, in terms the patient could understand. The facility shall have a means to notify patients of any rules and regulations it has adopted governing patient conduct in the facility:
  2. To be informed of services available in the facility, of the names and professional status of the personnel providing and/or responsible for the patient’s care, and of fees and related charges, including the payment, fee, deposit and refund policy of the faculty and charges for service not covered by sources of third-party payment or not covered by the facility basic rate;
  3. To be informed if the facility has authorized other health care and educational institutions to participate in the patient’s treatment. The patient also shall have a right to know the identity and function of these institutions, and to refuse to allow their participation in the patient’s treatment.
  4. To receive from patient’s physician(s) or clinical practitioner(s), in terms that the patient understands, an explanations of his or her complete medical/health condition or diagnosis, recommended treatment, treatment options, including the option of no treatment, risk(s) of treatment, and expected result(s). If this information would be detrimental to the patients health, or if the patient is not capable of understanding to the next kid guardian, along with the reason for not informing the patient directly, shall be documented in the patient’s medical record;
  5. To participate in the planning of the patients care and treatment, and refused medication and treatment. Such refusal shall be documented in the patient’s medical record;
  6. To be included in experimental research only when the patient’s gives informed; written consent to such participation, or when a guardian gives such consent for an incompetent patient in accordance with law, rule, and regulation. The patient may refuse to participate in experimental research, including the investigation of new drugs and medical devices;
  7. To voice grievance or recommend changes in policies and services to facility personnel, the governing authority, and/or outside representatives of the patient’s choice with individually or as a group, and free from restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal;
  8. To be free from mental and physical abuse, free from exploitation, and free from the use of restraints unless they are authorized by a physician for a limited period of time to protect the patient and others from injury. Drugs and other medications shall not be used for discipline on patient or for convenience of the facility personnel;
  9. To confidential of information about the patient. Information in the patient’s medical records shall not be released to anyone outside the facility without the patient’s approval, unless another health care facility to which the patient was transferred required the information, or unless the information is needed by the New Jersey State Department of Health for statutorily authorized purposes. The facility may release data about the patient for studies contain gated statistics when the patient’s identity is masked;
  10. To be treated with courtesy, consideration, respect, and recognition of the patient’s dignity, individually, and right to privacy, including, but not limited to, auditory, and visual privacy. The patient’s privacy shall also be respected when the facility personnel are discussing the patient;
  11. To not be required to perform work for the facility unless the work is part of the patient’s treatment and is performed voluntarily by the patient. Such work shall be in accordance with Local, State, and Federal law and rules;
  12. To exercise civil and religious liberties including the right to independent personal decision. NO religious beliefs or practices, or any attendance of religious services, shall be imposed upon any patient;
  13. To not be discriminated against because of age/race, religion, sex, nationality, or ability to pay, or deprived of any constitutional, civil, and/or legal rights solely because of receiving services from facility;
  14. Patient has the right to receive appropriate management and treatment of pain.