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Implementation - 28 Pa. Code § 103.22

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All hospitals must establish a Patient’s Bill of Rights that contains the following provisions relating to patients:

  • The right, upon request, to be given the name of his attending physician, the names of all other physicians directly participating in his care, and the names and functions of other health care persons having direct contact with him;
  • The right to every consideration of his privacy concerning his own medical care program;
  • The right to full information in layman’s terms concerning his diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, including information about alternative treatments and possible complications
  • Except in emergencies, the physician must obtain the necessary informed consent prior to the start of any procedure or treatment;
  • The right to refuse any drugs, treatment, or procedure offered by the hospital, to the extent permitted by law, and a physician will inform the patient of the medical consequences of such refusal
  • The right to have access to an interpreter, where possible, if the patient does not speak English;
  • The hospital must provide the patient or his designee with access to all information contained in his medical records upon request, unless medically contraindicated; and
  • The right to expect the hospital to inform him upon discharge of his continuing health care requirements and the means for meeting them.

Current as of June 2015