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BUL4602 Fall-2011 Lecture 4, Reading 5

BUL4602 Fall-2011 Lecture 4, Reading 5 - Florida Statutes...

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Florida Statutes Section 381.026 Florida Patient's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (1) SHORT TITLE.--This section may be cited as the "Florida Patient's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities." (2) DEFINITIONS.--As used in this section and s. 381.0261 , the term: (a) "Department" means the Department of Health. (b) "Health care facility" means a facility licensed under chapter 395. (c) "Health care provider" means a physician licensed under chapter 458, an osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459, or a podiatric physician licensed under chapter 461. (d) "Responsible provider" means a health care provider who is primarily responsible for patient care in a health care facility or provider's office. (3) PURPOSE.--It is the purpose of this section to promote the interests and well-being of the patients of health care providers and health care facilities and to promote better communication between the patient and the health care provider. It is the intent of the Legislature that health care providers understand their responsibility to give their patients a general understanding of the procedures to be performed on them and to provide information pertaining to their health care so that they may make decisions in an informed manner after considering the information relating to their condition, the available treatment alternatives, and substantial risks and hazards inherent in the treatments. It is the intent of the Legislature that patients have a general understanding of their responsibilities toward health care providers and health care facilities. It is the intent of the Legislature that the provision of such information to a patient eliminate potential misunderstandings between patients and health care providers. It is a public policy of the state that the interests of patients be recognized in a patient's bill of rights and responsibilities and that a health care facility or health care provider may not require a patient to waive his or her rights as a condition of treatment. This section shall not be used for any purpose in any civil or administrative action and neither expands nor limits any rights or remedies provided under any other law. (4) RIGHTS OF PATIENTS.--Each health care facility or provider shall observe the following standards: (a) Individual dignity. -- 1. The individual dignity of a patient must be respected at all times and upon all occasions.
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2. Every patient who is provided health care services retains certain rights to privacy, which must be respected without regard to the patient's economic status or source of payment for his or her care. The patient's rights to privacy must be respected to the extent consistent with providing adequate medical care to the patient and with the efficient administration of the health care facility or provider's office. However, this subparagraph does not preclude necessary and discreet discussion of a patient's case or examination by appropriate medical personnel.
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