Patient Rights and Responsibilities

The rights of patients at the Midwest Digestive Center include, but are not limited to the right to:

  1. Exercise these rights without regard to sex or cultural, economic, educational or religious background or the source of payment for your care.
  2. Knowledge of the name of the physician who has primary responsibility for coordinating your care & the name & professional relationships of other physicians who will be seeing you.
  3. Considerate and respectful care for healthcare professionals and staff, as well as other patients.
  4. Receive information from your physician about your illness, your course of treatment & your prospects of recovery in terms you can understand.
  5. Receive as much information about any proposed treatment & procedure as you may need in order to give informed consent or to refuse this course of treatment, except in emergencies s, this information shall include a description of the procedure or treatment. The medically significant risks involved in this treatment, alternate courses of treatment or non-treatment & the risks involved in each & to know the name of the person who will carry out the procedure or treatment.
  6. Participate actively in decisions regarding your medical care and are responsible for following the treatment plan prescribed by your physician and participate in your care.
  7. Full consideration of privacy concerning your medical program, case discussion, consultation, examination & treatment are confidential & should be conducted discreetly. You have the right to be advised as to the reason for the presence of individuals authorized by my physician including, but not limited to residents, students& medical equipment & supply representatives.
  8. Confidential treatment of all communications & records pertaining to care at the Center. Your written permission shall be obtained before your medical records can be made available to anyone not directly concerned with your care.
  9. Leave the Center even against the advice of your physician. To the extent permitted by law, this includes the right to refuse treatment.
  10. Reasonable continuity of care & to know in advance the time & location of your appointment as well as the physician providing the care. Reasonable responses to any reasonable requests you may make for your service.
  11. Examine and receive an explanation of your bill regardless of source of payment. Accept personal financial responsibility for any charges not covered by your insurance.
  12. Know which Center Rules & Policies apply to your conduct as a patient.
  13. Know in advance the time & location of your appointment as well the physician providing the care
  14. Have all patients’ rights apply to the person who may have legal responsibility to make decisions regarding medical care on behalf of the patient. Inform provider of any living will, medical power of attorney, or other directive that could affect the care.
  15. Be advised if the Center or your personal physician proposes to engage in or perform human experimentation affecting your care or treatment the patient has the right to refuse to participate in such research.
  16. If you have to report a grievance verbally or in writing, you can write to IDPA, 525 W Jefferson, Springfield, IL 62761 or call 800-252-4343.