Patient Bill of Rights
You have the right to considerate and respectful care. You have an equal right to treatment or to rooms that are available and are needed for your care. The hospital will do this without regard for your race, color, creed, nationality, or the source of payment for your care.
Newborns, children and adolescent patients have the right to considerate and respectful care. If you are a parent or guardian of a minor patient, you may make decisions about the rights of this patient and you may participate in the health care plan. If, however, your decisions are not in the best medical interests of the minor patient, the hospital will follow its policy and South Carolina law.
You have the right to know the name of the physician responsible for your care, and you have the right to communicate with you physician. If there are other medical people helping in your care, you have the right to know their names and their relationship to your physician.
You have the right to information from your physician about your diagnosis, your treatment and what your physician expects will happen as a result of your care. This information should be current, complete and you should be able to understand it. But if your physician believes it is not in your best interest to give you this information, the physician should be willing to give the information to someone on your behalf.
You have the right to receive from your physician information you need to make decisions about your care. This information includes the decision to stop treatments.
Except in emergencies, you have the right to receive from your physician information you need to decide about procedures or treatments. This information should include:
You have the right to information about living wills, health care, powers of attorney and other legal medical directives. If you are terminally ill, you have the right to pain relief and you have the right to have treatments for your symptoms. The hospital will pay close attention to your psychological and spiritual needs, and to those of your family.
When a living will or other medical directive is on file and surgery becomes necessary, you have the right to discuss and decide about resuscitation during the surgery with your physician. If you and your physician cannot agree about resuscitation orders during the surgical process, you have the right to request a physician with whom you can reach an agreement.
If this discussion in not held, during the surgery and immediate recovery period the "Do Not Resuscitate Order" will not be followed and resuscitation will be decided by the anesthesiologist rather than the living will or other medical directive.
You have the right to privacy while you are at the hospital, and to expect people who care for you to examine, treat and talk about your care with your privacy and dignity in mind. Hospital people who are not directly involved in your care must have your permission to be with you.
You have the right to expect your medical records, and all talk about your medical records will be kept confidential. If you show a proper identification, you may examine your own completed medical records. When your attending physician believes that giving this information to you will be harmful to you or others, the hospital will be willing to give this information to another physician you chose. Under South Carolina law, parents or legal guardians have the right to look at their minor patients' medical records.
When you ask for hospital services, you have the right to expect that the hospital will do what is needed for you. The hospital will transfer you to another hospital, only if it is medically necessary, and after:
If your care is affected by the hospital's relationship with another health care organization or educational organization, you have the right to be told about it.
If the hospital is doing research or clinical trials that will affect you, you have the right to know about it. Also, you have the right not to take part in the research or clinical trial.
You have the right to ask for a copy of an itemized bill, and for an explanation of any of your hospital bills. You have this right no matter what kind of payment you are using.
You have the right to know the hospital's patient rules.