The rights of patients in a general acute care hospital, as specified in section 70707, Title 22, California Administrative Code, are listed below.
1. Considerate and respectful care, and to be made comfortable. This includes respect for personal values and beliefs and access to pastoral care to meet spiritual needs.
2. Request the services of an interpreter if needed, at no cost.
3. Have a family member or representative of your choice and your own physician notified promptly of your admission to the hospital.
4. Know the name of the physician/provider who has primary responsibility for coordinating your care and the names and professional relationships of other physicians and non-physicians who will see you.
5. Receive information about your health status, course of treatment, prospects for recovery and outcomes of care (including unanticipated outcomes) in terms you can understand. You have the right to participate in the development and implementation of your plan of care. You have the right to participate in ethical questions that arise in the course of your care, including issues of conflict resolution, withholding resuscitative services and forgoing or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.
6. Participate actively in decisions regarding your medical care, and receive as much information about any proposed treatment or procedure as you may need in order to give informed consent or to refuse a course of treatment. Except in emergencies, this information shall include a description of the procedure or treatment, the medically significant risks involved, alternate courses of treatment or non-treatment and the risks involved in each, and the name of the person who will carry out the procedure or treatment.
7. Request or refuse treatment, to the extent permitted by law. However, you do not have the right to demand inappropriate or medically unnecessary treatment or services. You have the right to leave the hospital even against the advice of physicians, to the extent permitted by law.
8. Be advised if the physician/provider proposes to engage in or perform research and clinical trials affecting your care or treatment. You have the right to refuse to participate in such research projects and your decisions will not affect your care.
9. Reasonable responses to any reasonable requests made for service.
10. Have an appropriate assessment and management of your pain, information about pain and pain relief measures, and to participate in pain management decisions. You may request or reject the use of any of all modalities to relieve pain, including opiate medication, if you suffer from severe chronic intractable pain. The doctor may refuse to prescribe the opiate medication, but if so, must inform you that there are physicians who specialize in the treatment of severe chronic intractable pain with methods that include the use of opiates.
11. Prepare advance directives. You have the right to give instructions about your own healthcare. You also have the right to name someone else to make decisions for you, including designating a healthcare decision-maker. You may designate a decision-maker if you wish to have someone else make treatment decisions for you or in the event you become incapable of understanding a proposed treatment or become unable to communicate your wishes regarding care. Physicians/providers who provide care in the healthcare facility shall comply with these directives. All patients’ rights apply to the person who has legal responsibility to make decisions regarding medical care on your behalf.
12. Have personal privacy respected. Case discussion, consultation, examination and treatment are confidential and should be conducted discreetly. You have the right to be told the reason for the presence of any individual. You have the right to have visitors leave prior to examination and when treatment issues are being discussed. Privacy curtains will be used in semi-private rooms.
13. Confidential treatment of all communications and records pertaining to your care. Written permission shall be obtained before medical records are made available to anyone not directly concerned with your care, except as otherwise required or permitted by law.
14. Access information contained in your records within a reasonable time frame, except in certain circumstances specified by law.
15. Receive a written “Notice of Privacy Practices” that explains how your protected health information (PHI) is disclosed. PHI is defined as any clinical health information related to a patient’s past, present or future physical or mental health condition which is obtained by any healthcare provider, either verbally, in writing or electronically, and which also includes information which identifies or reasonably identifies an individual.
16. Receive care in a safe setting, free from verbal or physical abuse or harassment. You have the right to access protective services, including notifying government agencies of neglect or abuse.
17. Be free from restraints and seclusion of any form used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation by staff.
18. Receive reasonable continuity of care and to know in advance the time and location of your appointments as well as the identity of the persons providing the care.
19. Be informed by the physician/provider of continuing healthcare requirements following discharge from the hospital. Upon your request, a friend or family member may also be provided this information.
20. Designate visitors of your choosing, if you have decision-making capacity, whether or not the visitor is related by blood or marriage, unless:
However, a healthcare facility may establish reasonable restrictions upon visitation and the number of visitors. You will have your wishes considered, if you lack decision-making capacity, for the purposes of determining who may visit. The method of that consideration will be disclosed in the medical center policy on visitation.
21. Examine and receive an explanation of the medical center’s bill regardless of the source of payment.
22. Exercise these rights without regard to sex, economic status, educational background, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or the source of payment for care.
23. Express concerns or complaints about your care with the assurance that the quality of your care or future access to care will not be compromised. You have the right to expect a reasonable and timely response to your concerns.
24. To report concerns about patient safety and quality of care at UC Irvine Health. To do this, call Patient Experience at 714-456-7004 or write to: