You are the most important part of your healthcare team
At STA. CECILIA MEDICAL CENTER, our patients are our partners in healthcare.
Patients involved in their own treatment do better and get well faster. This is why we want you to be well informed about your rights and responsibilities as a patient, to communicate openly with your healthcare team, to be empowered to promote your safety, and to participate in your own treatment.
We invite you and your family to join us as active members of your healthcare team. If you do not understand, or need help understanding your rights, we will provide you with assistance, including an interpreter, if necessary.
Your Rights as a Patient:
As our patient, you have the right to
1. You have the right to receive medical care of good quality in accordance with your best interests without discrimination or outside interference.
2. You have the right to choose your physician and hospital, and see the opinion of another physician at any phase of the care.
3. You have the right to make free decisions, to give or withhold consent to any diagnostic or treatment procedure or therapy or to refuse participation in research or teaching of medicine. Diagnostic procedures or treatments against your will may be carried out only in exceptional circumstances, if specifically by law and conform to the principles of medical ethics. In such cases, informed consent is secured from the next-of-kin.
4. You have the right to receive information from your physician about your diagnosis and prognosis, benefits and risks of treatment, including unanticipated outcomes.
5. You can expect all identifiable information about your health status, medical condition, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment, and other personal information are treated with confidentiality unless disclosure is required by law.
6. You have the right to health education that will assist you to make informed choices about personal health and available health services.
7. You have the right to expect full consideration of your privacy and dignity, of your culture and values.
8. You have the right to receive or decline spiritual and moral comfort, including the help of a minister of your chosen religion.