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Patient Rights, by Kathy C. Lynn, MD

February 23, 2013

Every individual patient retains the same inalienable rights during the course of his or her medical treatment and/or diagnosis. The following list outlines the most important rights that every person should be aware of.

1. You retain the choice to decide which medical professional(s) treat you. If you are unhappy with your current health care provider, it is your right to stop treatment and find another practitioner who better suits your needs.

2. As the patient, you have the right to be a part of your treatment decisions. No physician or health care professional should force you into any decision or course of treatment; it is up to you to accept or decline suggested medical actions.

3. You have the right to be respected, and cared for without discrimination in a medical practice or health care setting.

4. Confidentiality in all medical matters is also your legal right. If you feel your physician or the doctor’s medical staff is not honoring this, contact the Department of Health and Human Services, as such practices go against the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

5. You also retain the right to receive clear and accurate information regarding your medical diagnosis or condition. This includes material provided in a language you can understand and comprehend.

About the Author:
Kathy C. Lynn, MD, serves as a rheumatologist and internal physician at her own private practice, where she diagnoses and treats patients who have a myriad of medical conditions. A fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, continues to bring insight and value to her field, concentrating on areas of autoimmune disorders and arthritis, among others. In addition, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, remains involved with the Bibb County Medical Society, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the Georgia Society of Rheumatology.

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