Patient Rights

A summary of patient rights include the right:

  • To courteous treatment with respect for each patient’s dignity and individuality
  • To make an informed choice and to give informed consent for treatment
  • To an explanation of diagnosis and treatment options
  • To refuse medication and treatment to extent permitted by law and to be informed of medical consequences of such refusal
  • To receive appropriate assessment and treatment for pain
  • To effective communication, included a translator as necessary
  • To be included in clinical research only when you have given informed consent to participate

Additional patient rights include:

  • Freedom from restraints (unless authorized by a physician for limited periods of time)
  • A copy of hospital charges and fees for services provided
  • To be informed about any need for follow-up care and to receive assistance in obtaining such care
  • To receive a summary of your rights as a patient, including hospital grievance and complaint procedures, as well as contact information for hospital staff and the New Jersey Department of Health unit that handles questions and complaints.

Legal Rights:

  • To treatment and medical services without discrimination based on sex/gender, race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, creed, color, national origin, marital status, nationality, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, diagnosis, in sum or substance ‘any other category protected by state or federal law’, ability to pay, or source of payment.
  • To exercise all your constitutional, civil, and legal rights.

If you would like to know more detail on these rights, please use this link to connect with our Policies web page: