As a patient you have the responsibilities to:
- Tell your physician and the hospital about your past illnesses, hospital stays, medicines you are taking and other matters about your health, to the best of your ability.
- Give your physician and the hospital copies of your advance directives or health care poser of attorney, or to tell us your wishes about using extraordinary ways to keep you alive.
- Cooperate with hospital people involved in your minor patient's care and treatment. As a parent or guardian, it is your responsibility to follow directions about the care of your minor's treatment. It is also your responsibility to ask questions if you do not clearly understand the steps and directions for the care of your minor's treatment.
- Discuss the needs for medicines or special services with your physician. (The reason for this is because most services need a physician's order before the hospital can carry them out.)
- Be considerate of the rights of other patients and hospital people. This means helping control noise and the number visitors you have. You are also responsible for respecting the property of other people the property of the hospital.
- Pay your hospital bills promptly, give complete information to process insurance claims, and be prompt in asking questions about your bill.
- Let the hospital know as soon as possible if you have concerns about the care you are receiving or your treatment.
- Follow hospital rules and regulations and see that your visitors do, too.
- Begin planning early for your hospital discharge so you can leave when you no longer need to be in the hospital.