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The Martha Jefferson Hospital is an institution built and staffed to provide the best patient care possible within the constraints placed upon it by law, custom and available resources. Individuals requiring medical treatment that is available at the Martha Jefferson Hospital, who request such treatment through their physician, and for whom the physician recommends admission, shall be accorded impartial access to such treatment or accommodations that are available regardless of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion or source of payment for care.
Neonates, children and adolescents who are referred to the MJH by their parents/ guardians are afforded the same rights. Their parents and/or guardians will be considered in all care decisions for these patients. In the rights listed below the parent or guardian will be considered in all areas pertaining to patient. In cases where ethical dilemmas may exist in the care and treatment of any patient, including the neonate, child or adolescent, the Hospital Ethics Committee may be consulted.
The hospital and its staff believe that patients who seek treatment here should receive kind, considerate and respectful care at a reasonable cost and that every consideration should be given to reducing the hazards and risks which the patient might expect to encounter in this environment. The Patient Bill of Rights will be reviewed with and/or provided to the patient.
It shall be the policy of the Hospital, its personnel, Medical Staff and Board of Trustees to protect and preserve the rights of the patient and his dignity as a human being. These rights include but shall not necessarily be limited to:
Consumer Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, Quality First: Better Health care for all Americans, 1998, Dept. of Health and Human Services
Patients’ Bill of Rights in Medicare and Medicaid, DHHS., Patient Self-Determination Act
2011 Joint Commission Standards, Patient Rights