Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Lowery A. Woodall Outpatient Surgery Center recognizes the rights and responsibilities of each and every patient.

Patient Rights & Responsibilities Overview

In recognition of our responsibility in rendering patient care, the following rights and responsibilities are affirmed in the policies and procedures.

Patient Rights

The patient or surrogate decision-maker for a patient has the right to:

  • Be treated with courtesy and respect, with appreciation of his/her individual dignity and with protection of his/her need for privacy
  • An environment that is safe and secure for self and property
  • Confidentiality of information gathered during treatment
  • Receive prompt and reasonable response to questions and requests
  • Know who is providing and is responsible for his/her care
  • Know what patient support services are available, including whether an interpreter is available if he or she communicates in sign language or does not speak English
  • Know what rules and regulations apply to his/her conduct
  • Be given by the health care provider information concerning diagnosis, planned course of treatment, alternatives, risks and prognosis
  • Refuse treatment, except as otherwise provided by law
  • Be given, upon request, full information and necessary counseling on the availability of known financial resources for his/her care
  • Know, upon request and in advance of treatment, the Advance Directives policy as required by state and federal law
  • Receive, upon request, prior to treatment, a reasonable estimate of charges for medical care
  • Receive a copy of reasonably clear and understandable, itemized bill and, upon request, to have charges explained
  • Receive impartial access to medical treatment or accommodations, regardless of race, national origin, religion, physical handicap, sexual orientation or source of payment
  • Receive treatment and/or after hours care for any emergency medical condition that will deteriorate from failure to provide treatment
  • Know if medical treatment is for purposes of experimental research and to give his/her consent or refusal to participate in such experimental research
  • Express grievances regarding any violation of his/her rights as stated in Mississippi law concerning treatment or care that is furnished (or fails to be furnished) by the health care provider who served him/her, and to the appropriate licensing agency
  • Participate in all aspects of health care decisions, unless contraindicated by concerns for health
  • Receive an appropriate assessment and management of pain

Patient Responsibilities

A patient or surrogate decision-maker for a patient is responsible for:

  • Providing to the health care provider, to the best of his/her knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to his/her health
  • Reporting unexpected changes in his/her condition to the health care provider
  • Reporting to the health care provider whether he/she comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him/her
  • Following the treatment plan recommended by the health care provider
  • Keeping appointments and when he/she is unable to do so for any reason, for notifying the facility
  • His or her actions if he/she refuses treatment or does not follow the health care provider’s instructions
  • Assuring the financial obligations of his/her health care are fulfilled as promptly as possible
  • Following facility rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct
  • Consideration and respect of the facility staff and property
  • Asking what to expect regarding pain and pain management
  • Providing a responsible adult to transport him/her home from the facility; a responsible adult must remain with him/her for 24 hours, if required by provider.
Outpatient Surgery
Hattiesburg, MS
Lowery A. Woodall Outpatient Surgery Center
Lowery A. Woodall Outpatient Surgery Center
1 Lincoln Parkway, Suite 100
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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Monday - Friday
6 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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