The Patient's Rights & Responsibilities
We consider you a partner in your hospital care. When you are a well-informed, participant in treatment decisions, and openly communicate with your doctor and other health professionals, you help make your care as effective as possible. Reston Hospital Center encourages respect for the personal preferences and values for each individual.
While you are a patient in our hospital, your rights include the following:
- You have the right to considerate and respectful care.
- You have the right to be well-informed about your illness, possible treatments, and likely outcome and to discuss this information with your doctor.
- You have the right to know the names and roles of people treating you.
- You have the right to consent to or refuse a treatment, as permitted by law, throughout your hospital stay. If you refuse a recommended treatment, you will receive other needed and available care.
- You have the right to have an advance directive, such as a living will or durable power of attorney. These documents express your choices about your future care or name someone to decide if you cannot speak for yourself.
- You have the right to privacy. The hospital, your doctor, and others caring for you will protect your privacy as much as possible.
- You have the right to expect that treatment records are confidential unless you have given permission to release information or reporting is required or permitted by law. When the hospital releases records to others, such as insurers, it emphasizes that the records are confidential.
- You have the right to review your medical records and to have the information explained, except when restricted by law.
- You have the right to expect that our hospital will give you necessary health services to the best of its ability. Treatment, referral, or transfer may be recommended. If transfer is recommended or requested, you will be informed of risks, benefits, and alternatives. You will not be transferred until the other institution agrees to accept you.
- You have the right to know if our hospital has relationships with outside parties. These relationships may be with educational institutions, other healthcare providers or insurers.
- You have the right to consent or decline to take part in research affecting your care. If you choose not to take part, you will still receiver the most effective care the hospital provides.
- You have the right to be told of realistic care alternatives when hospital care is no longer appropriate.
- You have the right to know about hospital rules that affect you and your treatment and about charges and payment methods.
- Your have the right to know about hospital resources, such as the ethics committee, that can help you resolve problems and questions about your hospital stay and care.
- You have the right to access protective services (that is, guardianship and advocacy services, conservatorship, and child or adult protective services) as these issues arise.
You have responsibilities as a patient:
- You are responsible for providing information about your health, including past illnesses, hospital stays, and use of medicine.
- You are responsible for asking questions when you do not understand information or instructions. If you believe you can't follow through with your treatment, you are responsible for telling your doctor.
- You are responsible for providing accurate information for insurance and for working with the hospital to arrange payment. Our hospital works to provide care efficiently and fairly to all patients in the community.
- You and your visitors are responsible for being considerate of the needs of other patients, staff, and the hospital.
- Your health depends not just on your hospital care, but on the decisions you make in your daily life. You are responsible for recognizing that your lifestyle has a direct effect on your personal health.
If you have a written advance directive, you should provide a copy to the hospital, your family, and your doctor.
A hospital serves many purposes. Hospitals work to improve people's health; treat people with injury and disease; educate doctors, health professionals, patients, and community members; and improve understanding of health and disease. In carrying out these activities, this institution works to respect your values and dignity.