140 Hospital Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Patient Rights and Responsibilities
The patient has the right to a reasonable response to her requests and need for treatment of service within the healthcare providers capacity, stated mission and applicable regulations.
The patient has the right to considerate, compassionate, and respectful care that recognizes her personal values and belief systems.
The patient has the right in collaboration with her healthcare provider to make decisions involving her healthcare, including the right to accept medical care, or to refuse treatment and to be informed of the medical consequences of such refusal.
The patient has the right to information necessary to enable her to make treatment decisions that reflect her wishes and participate in the consideration of ethical decisions that arise in her care.
The patient has the right to be informed of any human experimentation or other research/educational projects affecting her care or treatment.
The patient has the right to personal privacy and confidentiality of information.
The patient is entitled to have privacy during examination, to have visitors excused and to be informed why any observer is present, and to grant or refuse another person's presence.
The patient's guardian, next of kin, or legally authorized responsible person has the right to exercise certain rights on the behalf of the patient.
The patient has the right to expect explanation of any portion of the bill. Where appropriate the business office staff will assist the patient in making arrangements for payment of the bill through a payment schedule or assistance program.
The patient has the responsibility to provide a complete and accurate medical history to the best of her knowledge.
The patient has the responsibility to ask questions and seek clarification about her diagnosis and treatment and participate in decisions involving her care.
The patient has the responsibility to make it known whether a proposed course of treatment is understood, and whether she is willing and able to comply.
The patient has the responsibility to provide information about complications or symptoms.
The patient has the responsibility to be considerate of the rights of other patients and clinical personnel, and to treat them with respect.