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Patient rights

You have the right to:

  • An interpreter if you are hard of hearing or do not speak or understand English
  • Courteous and respectful treatment
  • A safe and secure environment
  • Appropriate medical care
  • A clear and understandable explanation of your diagnosis, treatment plan and what to expect
  • Be told the names of your doctor(s) and other caregivers
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Participate in planning your care
  • Refuse medical treatment
  • Refuse participation in any research studies
  • Practice your religion or culture
  • Complete a health care directive or other written document describing your wishes for future medical care
  • Treatment that works to control your pain
  • Freedom from discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, cultural, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  • Register complaints

For more detailed information, view the Patients’ Bill of Rights (Minnesota) and the Patients’ Bill of Rights (Federal).