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Patient Rights, by Kathy C. Lynn, MD

February 23, 2013 Leave a comment

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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How to Best Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment, by Kathy C. Lynn, MD

1. Construct a list of your concerns, pains, or symptoms. This will help you to explain all pertinent information to your doctor. With this list, you will be less likely to forget any important details you wish to pass on.

2. Bring in a list of all the medications you currently take and what dosage you require. Even if you think your doctor already has this information, it is important to make sure you are both on the same page. A slight variance in any medication or dosage can change a doctor’s opinion or diagnosis.

3. If you expect to discuss stressful medical issues, bring along a friend or family member. This person can sit in the room with you and help record any information provided by the doctor. Additionally, such an individual can provide support if needed.

4. Don’t try to cover up any symptoms or problems you’ve been having, no matter how insignificant they might seem. All health issues are better dealt with when looked over early on, so be sure to see a physician right away if you experience any worrisome symptoms, pains, or health issues. Speaking up is far better than not speaking at all.

 

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About the Author:
Possessing over 20 years of medical experience, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, currently serves as a Physician at her private practice in Macon, Georgia, which she established in 1995. At her practice, Dr. Lynn focuses on diagnosing and treating issues related to internal medicine and rheumatology. Kathy C. Lynn, MD, also remains actively involved in a number of professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the Metropolitan Atlanta Society of Rheumatology, and the Bibb County Medical Society, among various others. In her free time, Kathy C. Lynn, MD, enjoys kayaking, water skiing, and gardening.

Interview with Kathy C. Lynn, MD

Kathy C. Lynn, MD, possesses over two decades of expertise in the medical field. Dedicated to improving the health of her patients, Dr. Lynn utilizes proven techniques in order to provide the most effective results. We spoke with Kathy C. Lynn, MD, to learn about her current roles and her past experiences.

Q. Let’s start from the beginning. Where did you study before embarking on your professional career?
A. I earned my MD from the Mercer University School of Medicine, located in Macon, Georgia. I also attended the Emory University School of Medicine and became a fellow of the American College of Rheumatology.

Q. Where did you begin your career?
A. I began practicing in 1995 at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. At this institution, I worked on research publications, taught students, and created case reports. During this time, I also established my private practice.

Q. What kind of medicine do you currently practice?
A. My practice focuses on internal medicine and rheumatology. I specialize in medical matters relating to autoimmune diseases, joints, bones, and other related issues.

Q. Operating your own practice, what is your highest priority?
A. My top priority continues to be what it was many years ago when I began practicing medicine, which is to improve the health of the individuals I diagnose and treat.

Q. Do you maintain affiliation with any professional organizations?
A. Yes, I remain involved with a number of medical organizations, including the Metropolitan Atlanta Society of Rheumatology, the American College of Physicians, the Bibb County Medical Society, and the Georgia Society of Rheumatology, among others.