Macon County General Hospital
Patient Rights
1.         The patient has the right to considerate and respectful care.
2.         The patient has the right to obtain from his physician complete current information
          concerning his diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in terms the patient can be reasonably  
          expected to understand.
3.         The patient has the right to receive from his physician information necessary to give informed
          consent prior to the start of any procedure and/or treatment.
4.         The patient has the right to refuse treatment to the extent permitted by law, and to be
          informed of the medical consequences of his action.
5.         The patient has the right to every consideration of his privacy concerning his own medical
          care program.
6.         The patient has the right to expect that all communications and records pertaining to his care
          should be treated as confidential.
7.         The patient has the right to expect that within its capacity a hospital must make reasonable   
          response to the request of a patient for services.
8.         The patient has the right to obtain information as to any relationship of his hospital to other  
          health care and educational institutions insofar as his care is concerned.
9.         The patient has the right to be advised if the hospital proposes to engage in or perform human
          experimentation affecting his care or treatment.
10.       The patient has the right to expect reasonable continuity of care.
11.       The patient has the right to examine and receive an explanation of his bill regardless of  
          source of payment.
12.       The patient has the right to know what hospital rules and regulations apply to his conduct as
a             patient.
A copy of these rights are available at: the Admitting/ER Registration Desk, Nurses Station, Business
Office, Outpatient Registration, and ER Waiting Area