The care patients receive depends partially on the patient him/herself. Therefore, in addition to rights, a patient has certain responsibilities as well. These responsibilities are presented in the spirit of mutual trust and respect:
- Patients are responsible for reporting perceived risks in his or her care and unexpected changes in his/her condition to the responsible practitioner.
- Patients and family are responsible for asking questions when they do not understand what they have been told about the patient’s care or what they are expected to do.
- Patients are responsible for following the plan of care established by the physician, including the instructions of nurses and other health professionals as they carry out the physician’s orders.
- Accepting the consequences of failing to follow the recommended course of treatment or using other treatments.
- Patients responsible for keeping appointments and for notifying the hospital or physician when unable to do so.
- Patients are responsible for his/her actions should he/she refuse treatment or not follow his/her physician’s orders.
- Respecting the Hospital property and that of other persons.
- Patients are responsible for following hospital rules and regulations concerning patient care and conduct.
- Patients are responsible for assuring that the financial obligations of his/her hospital care are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
- Patients have the responsibility to provide accurate and complete information concerning his/her present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications, and other matters relating to his/her health.