Patient Rights & Responsibilities

Patient Rights

  • Every patient has the right to courtesy, respect, dignity, personal privacy, responsiveness to his/her needs. These rights are regardless of age, race, sex, nationality, religion, cultural or physical handicap, or personal value and beliefs.
  • Every patient has the right to every consideration of his privacy and individuality as it relates to his social, religious, and psychological well-being.
  • Every patient has the right to confidentiality. Every patient has the right to approve or refuse the release of medical information to any individual outside the facility, or as required by law or third-party payment contract.
  • Every patient has the right to have access, request amendment to and obtain information on disclosures of his or her health information in accordance with law and regulation.
  • Every patient has the right to express grievance or complaints without fear of reprisals and expect they will be fully investigated.
  • Every patient is provided complete information regarding diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, alternative treatments or procedures and the possible risks, expected outcomes, and side effects associated with treatment before it’s performed. In accordance, the patient has the right to give or withhold informed consent.
  • Every patient has the right to make decisions regarding health care that is recommended by the physician. Accordingly, the patient may accept or refuse any recommended medical treatment.
  • Every patient has the right to be informed of any research or experimental projects and to refuse participation without compromise to the patient’s usual care.
  • Every patient has the right to appropriate treatment and care including assessment and management of pain.
  • Every patient has the right to an explanation of all facility charges related to his/her health care and to be informed of services that are available and the charges for services not covered by third-party payors.
  • Every patient has the right to be free from all forms of abuse or harassment.
  • Every patient has the right to give or withhold informed consent to produce or use recordings, films, or other images of the patient for purposes other than his/her care.
  • Every patient has the right to make Advance Directives or to execute Powers of Attorney. Maryland Specialty Surgery Center’s policy of Advance Directives is made available to all patients.

Patient Responsibilities

  • Patients are responsible to be honest and direct about matters that relate to them, including answering questions honestly and completely.
  • Patients are responsible to provide accurate past and present medical history, present complaints, past illnesses, hospitalizations, surgeries, existence of advance directive, medication and other pertinent data.
  • Patients are responsible to agree to accept all caregivers without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, gender, preference, handicap, or national origin.
  • Patients are responsible for assuring that the financial obligations for health care rendered are paid in a timely manner.
  • Patients are responsible to sign required consents and releases as needed.
  • Patients are responsible for their actions if they should refuse a treatment or procedure, or if they do not follow or understand the instructions given to them by the physician or Surgery Center employees.
  • Patients are responsible for keeping their procedure appointment. If they anticipate a delay or must cancel, they will notify the Surgery Center as soon as possible.
  • Patients are responsible to be respectful of others, or other people’s property and the property of the Surgery Center.
  • Patients are to observe safety and no smoking regulations.

Patient Complaint or Grievance:

To report a complaint or grievance, you may contact the facility Administrator by phone at 410-589-6340 or by mail to our address. Complaints and grievances may also be file through the:

Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene
Office of Health Care Quality
Spring Grove Center, Bland Bryant Building
55 Wade Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: Toll Free 1-800-492-6005

All Medicare beneficiaries may file a complaint or grievance with The Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman.

Patient Resources Overview

Patient Forms

Advance Directives

Patient Rights & Responsibilities