To understand in advance and Promptly fulfill your financial obligation for healthcare services provided to you (including promptly providing updated insurance information, if applicable)
You are solely responsible for the lifestyle decisions you make and the effect these lifestyle choices have on your health.
While we expect high-quality care from Doctors, our role and responsibility as patients in the healthcare process is equally crucial. Responsible patient aid medical professionals and caregivers and contributes to their faster recovery.
Providing comprehensive information to your doctor including medical history, symptoms, family background, and current medications helps in better diagnosis and treatment decisions.
Ask questions, seek clarification on your diagnosis, treatment options, and potential risks. This will help build your confidence and commitment to the treatment plan. Follow your treatment plan diligently including taking medications as prescribed, getting follow-up reviews, adhering to precautions and dietary guidelines, and promptly reporting concerns to your doctor. It is your responsibility to monitor your health and not ignore symptoms.
Respect healthcare teams, patients, and hospital rules. Punctuality, clear communication, and adherence to regulations foster a cooperative healthcare environment. Understand treatment costs, insurance plans, and finances, and settle bills promptly.
Lastly, lifestyle choices significantly impact well-being. It's your responsibility to make necessary changes in response to medical advice.
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At some point, we have all taken on the role of caregiver for our loved ones. The benefits for the patient are immense, as caregivers provide support both physically and emotionally as well as serve as a critical link with the healthcare providers.
Caregivers help coordinate medical appointments, manage healthcare schedules, and ensure prescriptions, diets, precautions, and follow-up appointments. Caregivers also ensure effective patient-provider communication and aiding patients in understanding medical information.
Monitoring and observing the patient's condition, noting changes or treatment side effects, and facilitating timely interventions are essential caregiver duties. Personal care, including bathing, grooming, dressing, and dietary assistance, is also part of their role. They assist with mobility, medication management, and infection prevention.
More importantly, caregivers offer emotional comfort through empathetic listening, reducing patient stress, anxiety, and isolation.
The caregiver's role is very challenging and stressful. To avoid caregiver burnout, self-care is crucial, encompassing regular meals, exercise, adequate sleep, and rest. When the care is over a long period the caregiver must try to keep up with their normal life and find others who can take turns in providing care.
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Know the identity and professional status of the physician and other healthcare providers who are responsible for and/or involved in your care
If you so desire, to seek a second opinion from another doctor either from within or outside the facility with/without the consent of your current doctor
As patients, it is important to know and exercise our rights when we receive medical care. By being an informed and engaged patient, you can actively participate in your healthcare decisions.
It is your right to be treated with respect, dignity, courtesy, and sensitivity by all healthcare providers without any discrimination. Your medical information should be kept confidential and accessible only to authorized healthcare professionals. Privacy has to be maintained during medical examinations.
Your medical care has to adhere to proper standards of quality, safety, and effectiveness. You have the right to receive complete and updated information about your health status, diagnosis, treatment options, and expected outcomes. Do not hesitate to ask questions and request a written diagnosis.
Participate in decision-making regarding your healthcare and it is your right to seek a second opinion if you are in doubt. You have to be provided with a safe and secure environment during your treatment or hospitalization. You can express concerns, provide feedback, share your experiences, and make complaints about care delivery, treatment, billing, auxiliary services, or staff behavior constructively, without fear of discrimination.
Use your rights optimally and responsibly, as they empower you to be an active and informed participant in your healthcare journey.
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