As a patient, you have these Rights and Responsibilities. If you have any questions about these rights and responsibilities, please call Patient Experience.

Patient Rights

We support your right to:

  • Access care. You are able to receive care when medically necessary no matter your age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, education, job, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  • Access your medical records. You can request a review of your medical records and a change to your medical records, if needed.
  • Advance directives. You have the right to complete a living will, do not resuscitate (DNR) order and a healthcare power of attorney to share the type of care you would like to receive if you are not able to make decisions about your care for any reason. The healthcare power of attorney lets you name another person to make healthcare decisions for you if you are not able to do so.
  • Access to an ethics committee. You have the right to request a meeting with a hospital ethics committee member to discuss issues about your care.
  • Confidentiality. Your medical records and any discussions or decisions about your care will be kept private.
  • Continuity of care and discharge information. You have the right to receive information before the transfer if you are being transferred to another doctor, unit or facility. You also have the right to written discharge information from your care team about your follow-up care. 
  • Information about your care and treatment. You, your guardian or authorized person with consent have the right to receive open, honest, prompt and easy-to-understand communication from your care team about your condition and treatment. At times, communication may be restricted due to your medical condition or at your request. You have the right to take part in your treatment decisions and receive information about the cost of treatment. The hospital will provide information based on your age, language and ability to understand.
  • Informed consent and refusal. You have the right to request information about your care and to know your treatment options, risks, benefits and alternatives, except in an emergency. You may refuse treatment as permitted by law.
  • Know the identity of your caregivers. You have the right to know the name and role of those who care for you.
  • Language access. You have the right to receive and request medical information in your preferred language. This includes interpreter services, translation of information or vision and hearing accommodations such as Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) or Braille.
  • Pain management. Your healthcare team will work with you to manage your pain. 
  • Participate in decisions about your care. You are encouraged to be involved in decisions about your care, treatment and services provided, including the informed consent process.
  • Patient visitation. You are allowed to have a family member, friend or other person with you for emotional support during the course of your stay. General patient visitation will not be restricted, limited or otherwise denied on the basis of age, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
  • Positive self-image and dignity. You have the right to receive care in an environment that preserves your personal dignity and that contributes to a positive self-image. 
  • Privacy. You have the right to personal privacy during the course of your treatment.
  • Privacy of pictures. You can expect that pictures, recordings or other images taken by hospital staff that identify you will be treated as protected health information and will not be released to anyone without your consent, except when required by law or a third-party payer. 
  • Release of your records. Your medical records will not be released to anyone without your consent, except when required by law or a third-party payer contract.
  • Report concerns regarding care and safety. You are able to share concerns and receive assistance to settle a complaint.
  • Research and teaching. You have the right to choose whether or not to take part in any research study or educational program.
  • Respectful care. You have the right to expect respect for your cultural values, beliefs and preferences. This may include special religious, spiritual and cultural practices/services, as allowed by law. You have the right to care with dignity that is free from abuse, neglect, improper use of restraint and seclusion, shame or other mistreatment.
  • Safe and clean environment. You may expect to be cared for in a safe, secure and clean environment. Report any concerns you may have about your care and safety. 
  • Second opinion. You have the right to ask for the advice of another doctor if you are uncertain about your care or treatment plan.Patient Responsibilities

Your responsibilities:

  • Give full information about your health and any changes in your condition to your doctors and others on your care team. You and your family need to ask questions when you do not understand your treatment or what to do about your care.
  • Follow the rules of the hospital and respect the rights and property of other patients and hospital employees.
  • Tell your nurse before you leave your room or the floor.
  • Follow your treatment plan and tell your doctor or nurse if you have any concerns, so we are able to help with your care needs.
  • If you choose not to follow your care instructions, you will be responsible for the outcome.
  • Pay your bills in a timely manner.
  • Follow the hospital’s tobacco-free-environment policy. Smoking or the use of other tobacco products is not allowed anywhere on medical center property. This includes parking areas and cars in those areas. Tobacco products include cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, hookah smoked products, pipe and oral tobacco. It also includes any product that mimics tobacco, contains tobacco flavoring, or delivers nicotine other than for the purpose of cessation.
  • Follow the hospital’s photography policies and do not record or photograph clinical care provided to you or others.

Your Concern is Our Concern

If you have any concerns about your care, treatment or safety, we encourage you to talk with a member of your healthcare team or The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Patient Experience at the one of the locations listed below. A staff member will talk with you and connect you with the best person to help with your issue or concern. Most concerns can be resolved through this process.

  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center 614-293-8944
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute 614-293-8609
  • University Hospital East 614-257-2310
  • Ohio State Harding Hospital Patient Advocate  614-688-8941
  • Ohio State Primary and Specialty Care Networks  614-293-8944

If at any time you feel you need more help, you may choose to call:

  • The Ohio Department of Health, Health Care Facility Complaint Hotline 800-669-3534
  • The Ohio Department of Health, Complaints for Nursing Homes/Health Care, Long-term Facilities  800-342-0553 (TDD: 614-752-6490)
  • The Joint Commission 800-994-6610
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights 312-886-2359
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 614-466-2596  (TDD: 614-752-9696)
  • Disability Rights Ohio 614-466-7264 (TDD: 614-728-2553)
  • KEPRO Inc. (Medicare patients with concerns regarding discharge) 216-447-9604