Patient Bill of Rights

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    Patients at Stony Brook University Medicine have the right, consistent with law, to

    • understand and use these rights. If for any reason you do not understand or you need help, the hospital must provide assistance, including an interpreter.

    • receive treatment without discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or source of payment;

    • receive considerate and respectful care in a clean and safe environment free of unnecessary restraints;

    • receive emergency care if you need it;

    • be informed of the names and position of the doctor who will be in charge of your care in the hospital;

    • know the names, positions, and functions of any hospital staff involved in your care and refuse their treatment, examination or observation;

    • a non-smoking room;

    • receive complete information about your diagnosis, treatment and prognosis;

    • receive all the information that you need to give informed consent for any proposed procedure or treatment. This information shall include the possible risks and benefits of the procedure or treatment.

    • receive all the information that you need to give informed consent for an order not to resuscitate. You also have the right to designate and individual to give this consent for you, if you are too ill to do so. If you would like additional information, please ask for a copy of the pamphlet "Do Not Resuscitate Orders - A Guide for Patient and Families."

    • refuse treatment and be told what effect this may have on your health;

    • refuse to take part in research. In deciding whether or not to participate, you have the right to a full explanation.

    • privacy while in the hospital and confidentiality of all information and records regarding your care;

    • authorize those family members and other adults who will be given priority to visit consistent with you ability to receive visitors;

    • participate in all decisions about your treatment and discharge from the hospital. Stony Brook Medicine must provide you with a written discharge plan and written description of how you can appeal your discharge.

    • review your medical record and obtain a copy of your medical record for which the hospital can charge a reasonable fee. You cannot be denied a copy solely because you cannot afford to pay.

    • receive an itemized bill and explanation of all charges;

    • complain without fear of reprisals about the care and services you are receiving and to have the hospital respond to you and if you request it, a written response. If you are not satisfied with the hospital's response, you can complain to the New York State Department of Health. The hospital must provide you with its telephone number.

    • make known your wishes in regard to anatomical gifts. You may document your wishes in your healthcare proxy or on a donor card, available from the hospital.

    If questions arise about patients rights at Stony Brook Medicine, contact a patient representative at (631) 444-2880.