Your Healthcare Rights in California

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In addition to your right to access your health information and rights related to medical privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) Act of 1996, a patient in California has many rights related to their care and treatment. 

California and federal laws give hospital patients many rights. Patients have the right to be treated with dignity and grace. It is important for the patient and their representatives to know their rights and to be able to ask questions if they feel their rights are not being considered. Hospitals are required to provide patients information regarding these rights. As an inpatient, these rights should be visible to you and/or made available to you at your request. Often these rights are provided in a patient admission packet, visible in waiting rooms and common areas or listed or on their healthcare facility websites.

In addition to these patient rights, California hospitals must provide additional information on patient rights for mental health patients and skilled nursing facility patients.

The resources here will walk you through the rights available to you here in California.

If you have questions regarding your healthcare rights in California, please submit a question through the Submit Question Here button that you will find below.

Resources

California Adolescent Health Collaborative
The California Adolescent Health Collaborative (CAHC),  a project of The Public Health Institute, is a public-private statewide collaborative with the goal of increasingunderstanding and support for adolescent health and wellness in California.  Minors can consent to care in certain circumstances and will be considered the adult under the law.

California Patient Rights
These 27 Patient Rights were put together by the California Hospital Association. These patient rights combine Title 22 and other California laws, The Joint Commission (body that accredits healthcare facilities) and Federal Department of Health Services (DHHS)/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Conditions of Participation requirements. 

Consumer WatchDog
This resource has been assembled by medical, legal and consumer experts under the supervision of a non-profit organization, Consumer Watchdog, through a grant from the California Wellness Foundation.

Department of Health Care Services
This is a resource for rights of individuals in mental health facilities.

The State of California Department of Justice: Health Care
The Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit of the State of California Department of Justice focuses on protecting patient and individual privacy through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws. This unit will enforce laws regulating the collection, retention, disclosure, and destruction of private or sensitive information by individuals, organizations, and the government. This includes laws relating to cyber privacy, health privacy, financial privacy, identity theft, government records and data breaches.

 

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