Patients & Visitors

Patient Rights & Responsibilities


Responsibilities

Largo Medical Center

  • Respects the rights of the patient, recognizes that each patient is an individual with unique healthcare needs and, because of the importance of respecting each patient's personal dignity, strives to provide considerate, respectful care focused upon the patient's individual needs;
  • Affirms the patient's right to make decisions regarding his/her medical care, including the decision to discontinue treatment to the extent permitted by law, and the right to formulate advance directives and designate a surrogate decision maker.
  • Will assist the patient in the exercise of his/her rights and will inform the patient of any responsibilities incumbent upon him/her in the exercise of those rights.

Largo Medical Center adopts the Florida Bill of Patient Rights and Responsibilities. If you have any questions regarding patient rights, responsibilities, ethical or other concerns about your care, or if you would like to request the address and telephone number of the state agency responsible for responding to patient complaints about a healthcare provider's or healthcare facility's alleged noncompliance with state licensing requirements, please contact the Administrative Services Department at 588-5609.

A patient has the right:

  • To be treated with courtesy and respect, with appreciation of his individual dignity, and with protection of his need for privacy.
  • To a prompt and reasonable response to questions and requests.
  • To know who is providing medical services and who is responsible for his care.
  • To know what patient support services are available, including whether an interpreter is available if he does not speak English.
  • To know what rules and regulations apply to his conduct.
  • To be given by his healthcare provider information concerning diagnosis, planned course of treatment, alternatives, risks and prognosis.
  • To be informed of his/her health status.
  • To be involved in care planning and treatment.
  • To request or refuse treatment, except as otherwise provided by law.
  • To formulate advance directives.
  • To have practitioners and staff provide care that is consistent with these directives.
  • To be given, upon request, full information and necessary counseling on the availability of known financial resources for his care.
  • To know, upon request, and in advance of treatment, whether the healthcare provider or healthcare facility accepts the Medicare assignment rate.
  • To receive, upon request, prior to treatment, a reasonable estimate of charges for medical care.
  • To receive a copy of a reasonably clear and understandable itemized bill and, upon request, to have the charges explained.
  • To impartial access to medical treatment or accommodations, regardless of race, national origin, religion, physical handicap or source of payment.
  • To treatment for any emergency medical condition that will deteriorate from failure to provide treatment.
  • To know if medical treatment is for purposes of experimental research and to give his consent or refusal to participate in such experimental research.
  • To express grievances regarding any violation of his rights, as stated in Florida law, through the grievance procedure of the healthcare provider or healthcare facility which served him and to the appropriate state licensing agency.
  • To exercise cultural and spiritual beliefs, providing that they do not interfere with the planned course of medical therapy or the well being of others.
  • To have psychosocial and spiritual needs met through hospital resources or through arrangement with community resources.

A patient is responsible:

  • For reporting to this healthcare provider, to the best of his knowledge, accurate and complete information about present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, medications and other matters relating to this health.
  • For reporting unexpected changes in this condition to his healthcare provider.
  • For reporting to this healthcare provider whether he comprehends a contemplated course of action and what is expected of him.
  • For following the treatment plan recommended by his healthcare provider.
  • For keeping appointments and when he is unable to do so for any reason, for notifying the healthcare provider or healthcare facility.
  • For his actions if he refuses treatment or does not follow the healthcare provider's instructions.
  • For assuring that the financial obligations of his healthcare are fulfilled as promptly as possible.
  • For following healthcare facility rules and regulations affecting patient care and conduct.