Health Services

Patient Rights and Responsibilities


The patient has a right:

  • to receive confidential medical treatment
  • to privacy
  • to approve or refuse the release of their medical records, except when required by law
  • to the history of disclosure of their confidential medical records
  • to be treated with respect and dignity and to be provided with courteous, considerate care
  • to be informed about the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of the health problem in terms that can be understood
  • to know the potential effects of treatment and to know the possible risks, side effects and alternative methods of treatment
  • to know the credentials of the person responsible for providing treatment
  • to have access to a second medical opinion before making any decisions
  • to refuse treatment or referral
  • to participate in decisions involving the health problem
  • to be informed of the personal responsibilities involved in seeking medical treatment and maintaining health and well-being thereafter
  • to have access to resource persons and information concerning health education, self-care and prevention of illness
  • to be informed of costs of services
  • be informed about grievance policies

The patient has a responsibility

  • to inform the provider of their health status including the use of prescription, over-the-counter medications and/or supplements
  • to disclose known allergies 
  • to engage in discussions regarding recommended treatment plan 
  • to adhere to a prescribed treatment plan and to discuss any desired change 
  • to act in a considerate and cooperative manner with Health Services staff 
  • to ask questions and seek clarification regarding areas of concern 
  • to weigh the consequences of refusing to comply with instructions and recommendations 
  • to assist the providers in compiling a complete record by authorizing Health Services to obtain necessary medical information from appropriate sources 
  • to inform the provider of any living will, medical power of attorney, or other advance directives 
  • to make appointments and be on time 
  • to cancel appointments in a timely manner so that other patients might utilize the time
Contact Us

Health Services
(973) 761-9175
Fax (973) 761-9193
303 Centre Street

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