What can you tell me about the Patient Bill of Rights?
While there is no one “Bill of Rights” for patients, you can find many different variations that have evolved since their inception in the 1970s. The Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 has made some changes to the generally accepted Patient Bill of Rights. All patients have the following rights:
The right to coverage despite pre-existing conditions
The right to choose a doctor of their choice
The right to fair treatment of emergency care
The right to a policy that can’t be canceled unfairly
The right to no annual and lifetime limits
The right to access to preventive services
The right to appeal health plan decisions
The right to health coverage as a young adult
The American Hospital Association also has a separate Bill of Rights for patients being treated in a hospital which is as follows:
High quality hospital care.
A clean and safe environment.
Involvement in your care.
Protection of your privacy.
Help when leaving the hospital.
Help with your billing claims.
For more information contact Courtney Britton, librarian at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at (225) 927-2273, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Education Center at 550 Lobdell Ave., Baton Rouge.
ä Internet Resources:
Department of Health and Human Services
Patient’s Bill of Rights – ACS
This column is presented as a service by Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, a United Way affiliate.