Patients’ Rights - What You Can Expect from Your Doctor or Medical Facility

December 1, 2009

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Richard T. O'Connor

Every patient of a hospital or clinic and every resident of a convalescent or nursing home licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has rights, as stated in Chapter 11, Section 70E, "Patients' and residents' rights" of the General Laws of Massachusetts.

Upon admittance to any such facility, each patient or resident should receive a copy of these rights, and a copy is required to be conspicuously posted in the facility as well. These rights are summarized as follows:

  1. Freedom of choice in selection of facility and physician, except in case of emergency medical treatment
  2. An itemized bill for services, including a copy of any bill submitted to a third party for payment
  3. The name and specialty of the physician responsible for treatment
  4. Confidentiality...

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  1. Freedom of choice in selection of facility and physician, except in case of emergency medical treatment
  2. An itemized bill for services, including a copy of any bill submitted to a third party for payment
  3. The name and specialty of the physician responsible for treatment
  4. Confidentiality...

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Healthcare News
December 2009

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