Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The University of Southern Mississippi
Student Health Service
Patient Rights and Responsibilities

As one of our patients, you have certain rights, and responsibilities.

You have the right...
To be treated with dignity, consideration and respect
To know the names and professional/malpractice status of people serving you
To privacy to the best of our ability
To confidentiality of your records
To receive accurate information to the extent known about your health related
concerns
To know the effectiveness, possible side effects, and problems of all forms of
treatment
To participate in choosing a form of treatment
To receive education and counseling
To select and/or change your health care provider
To choose who your medical information is shared with
To review your medical records with a clinician
To receive information about services and any related costs
To develop an advanced directive
To refuse to participate in experimental research
To refuse to receive care from a graduate trainee


You also have the responsibility...
To be respectful of all health care providers, staff and other patients
To inform your provider about any living will or advance directive
To accept financial responsibility for charges not covered by insurance
To seek medical attention promptly
To be honest about your medical history
To ask about anything you do not understand
To follow health advice and medical instructions
To provide a responsible adult to transport you home from this facility and
remain with you for 24 hours if required by your provider
To report any significant changes in symptoms or failure to improve
To respect clinic policies
To keep appointments or cancel in advance
To seek nonemergency care during regular office hours
To provide useful feedback about services and policies
If you have suggestions, concerns, or questions to report them