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Your Rights as a Patient

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The concept of patients having rights, while established in most other countries, seems relatively new in the US. By “seems”, if we look at our history of litigation, it would seem that patients do have rights.

But when you ask questions like “how much will this cost”, or “may I have a copy”, or “what did you write down about me and who did you share it with”, your rights seem to shrink, or even disappear, rather quickly.

The resources below will help you to understand your rights as a patient.

1) Patient’s Bill of Rights- Wikipedia entry:

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2) CMS (Medicare/Medicaid) Website:

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3) World Health Organization (WHO) site:

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4) American Cancer Society Website:

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Blogs:

1) Firstat blog:

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2) Health Affairs blog:

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