Patient/Client Rights and Responsibilities
As an informed client or patient, it’s important to know what you can expect from your health care practitioner and support team. As important, understanding your role and responsibilities in support of their efforts to provide you with quality health care will contribute to a successful and collaborative practitioner-patient relationship.
The rights and responsibilities listed below do not establish legal entitlements or new standards of care but are simply intended as a guide.
The Biomed Center is committed to respecting the individual rights of all persons who come to our center for care.
As a patient/client, you have the following rights:
- You shall be offered considerate and respectful care.
- You have the right to ask questions and be given understandable, plain language, explanations about your treatments.
- You have the right to refuse any treatment by The Biomed Center as permitted by law.
- You have the right of privacy and confidentiality and that right shall extend to all records related to your treatment except as otherwise provided by law.
- The Biomed Center shall respond in a reasonable manner to a request for your health information to be provided to other health care providers.
- You have the right to obtain the name of any individual responsible for services or treatment related to your care.
- You have the right to receive reasonable notice of changes in services or charges.
- You have the right to examine and receive an explanation of your bill for services, regardless of the source of payment for your bill.
- You shall be offered treatment without discrimination as to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
- You have the right to express complaints or concerns at any time.
- You may assert any of these rights without fear of retaliation.
As patient/client, you have the following responsibilities:
- You have the responsibility to provide, to the best of your ability, accurate, honest and complete information about your medical history and current health status.
- You have the responsibility to report changes in your medical status and provide feedback about your needs and expectations.
- You have the responsibility to participate in your health care decisions and ask questions if you are uncertain about your treatment or plan.
- You have the responsibility to inquire about your treatment options and acknowledge the benefits and limitations of any treatment that you choose.
- You have the responsibility for consequences resulting from declining treatment.
- You have the responsibility to keep your scheduled appointments.
- You have the responsibility to follow recommendations for self-care at home.
- You have the responsibility to fulfill your financial obligations for health care received.
The Biomed Center is licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Health and operates under the supervision of a licensed physician and a licensed dentist.
While some treatments will be provided by licensed health care professionals, such as a Physician, Dentist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Chiropractor, or Registered Nurse, many treatments and therapies offered at The Biomed Center also may be performed legally and safely by unlicensed health care practitioners. The State of Rhode Island has not adopted any educational and training standards for unlicensed health care practitioners. Under Rhode Island law, an unlicensed health care practitioner may not provide a medical diagnosis.