Base Boston Health, Safety, Work-Life Department
Health Services Division
Patient Bill of Rights
You have the right to:
- Considerate, respectful care with suitable attendants consistent with the health care resources available and the accepted standard of care. Impartial access to treatment regardless of race, sex, religion, or national origin.
- Reasonable safety, comfort, and privacy within the clinic.
- The identity and professional status of the health care providers and professionals primarily responsible for your care.
- Full disclosure from the provider of care about your condition, treatment, prognosis, significant complications, risks, benefits, alternative treatments available, and any additional information required to give informed consent prior to procedures.
- Personal and information privacy within the limits of the law. That is to:
- Refuse to talk with or see anyone not directly involved in your care;
- Be interviewed and examined in surroundings that assure reasonable privacy;
- Expect that any discussion or consultation involving your care will be conducted confidentially;
- Have your health records read only by individuals who are directly involved in your treatment or the monitoring of its quality or have other legal authority to review your record.
- Expect reasonable continuity of care.
- Be advised if the facility proposes to engage in, or perform research associated with your are or treatment. You have a right to refuse to participate in any research project.
- Refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law and government regulations, and to be informed of the consequences of your refusal.
- Be informed of facility rules and regulations which relate to your conduct.
- Receive information concerning the medical or dental treatment facility mechanism to initiate, review, and resolve potential complaints.